LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 5, October 17

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LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 5, October 17
From Ilocos Norte to Davao City, local bets rush to file their certificates of candidacies on the last day of filing

See also the local COC filers on: October 11 | October 12 | October 15 | October 16

MANILA, Philippines – Local bets rushed to the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) nationwide on Wednesday, October 17, the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the May 2019 elections. 

Among them was presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, who will run for vice mayor in Davao City alongside his sister, reelectionist Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, and brother Paolo Duterte, who is running for 1st district congressman. (READ: Duterte’s 3 eldest children running in 2019)

Here is a wrap of other notable COC filers on Wednesday, as reported by Rappler and other news organizations. 


In Ilocos Norte, a “David versus Goliath” battle brewed. Former barangay captain Jesus Arimbuyotan filed his COC for governor to challenge a formidable opponent: outgoing 2nd district congresswoman Imelda Marcos, who also filed on Wednesday.

A similar thread also emerged in neighboring Ilocos Sur, where Zuriel and Annika Zaragoza will run against Ryan Luis and Jerry Singson (who filed on Tuesday) for the province’s two top posts.

Ex-governor and incumbent Narvacan councilor Luis “Chavit” Singson will be running for mayor.  Pablito Sanidad will be his vice mayor, a throwback to their 1971 provincial polls team-up, this time with an aim to topple the Zaragozas in Narvacan.

Meanwhile, in Isabela, Governor Faustino Dy III seeks to become vice governor, with 1st District Representative Rodolfo Albano III looking to take Dy’s place at the helm of provincial hall. Dy’s son Inno filed his COC for congressman of the newly-created 6th District. 


Other COC filers:

  • Albay: Governor Al Francis Bichara – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
  • Bataan: 2nd District Representative Geraldine Roman – running for reelection (statement from her office)
  • Batanes: Former congressman and ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad – running for congressman (Facebook account of son Luis Abad)
  • Batangas:
    • Ex-congressman Conrado Apacible – running for congressman, 1st district (Manila Bulletin)
    • Lawyer Chona Diimayuga – running for ongresswoman, 3rd district (Manila Bulletin)
    • Ex-congressman Mark Llandro Mendoza – running for congressman, 4th district (Manila Bulletin)
  • Benguet: Former governor Nestor Fongwan – running for congressman (Philippine Star)
  • Catanduanes: Former governor Araceli Wong – running for congresswoman (Manila Bulletin)
  • Cavite: Former governor Erineo Maliksi – running for governor (Manila Bulletin)
  • Ilocos Sur: 2nd District Representative Eric Singson – running for reelection (Rappler)
  • Isabela:
    • Vice Governor Antonio Albano – running for congressman, 1st district (ABS-CBN News)
    • Former legislator and ex-agrarian reform secretary Heherson Alvarez – running for congressman, 4th district (ABS-CBN News)
  • La Union: Former congressman Thomas Dumpit – running for congressman, 2nd district (Manila Bulletin)
  • Laguna: 
    • 1st District Representative Arlene Arcillas Nazareno – running for mayor, Santa Rosa City (DZMM)
    • Santa Rosa City Mayor Danilo Fernandez – running for congressman, 1st district (DZMM)
  • Nueva Ecija: 1st district congresswoman Estrellita Suansing – running for reelection (News5)
  • Pangasinan:
    • Transportation undersecretary Thomas Orbos – running for congressman, 1st district (Philippine Star)
    • 3rd district congresswoman Rose Marie Arenas – running for reelection (Philippine Star)
    • 5th District Representative Amado Espino Jr – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
    • Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico III – running for congressman, 5th district (Manila Bulletin)
    • Tayug Mayor Tyrone Agabas, husband of congresswoman Marlyn Primicias Agabas – running for congressman, 6th district (Philippine Star)
  • Quezon:
    • 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez – running for governor (Manila Bulletin)
    • Ex-congreswoman Aleta Suarez – running for congreswoman, 3rd district (Manila Bulletin)
  • Zambales: Subic Mayor Jay Khonghun – running for vice governor (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Baguio City: 
    • Former police general Benjamin Magalong – running for mayor (Rappler)
    • Mayor Mauricio Domogan – running for congressman (Rappler)
  • Lipa City, Batangas: Bernadette Sabili, wife of Mayor Meynard Sabili – running for mayor (Manila Bulletin)
  • San Fernando City, La Union*: Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)

Metro Manila

In Makati City, the “Binay vs Binay” sibling rivalry for mayor is now official: reelectionist Mayor Abigail Binay filed her candidacy on Wednesday, accompanied by his father, former vice president Jejomar Binay. Her brother Junjun filed his mayoralty bid on Tuesday.

The Binay patriarch separately filed his COC for congressman of Makati’s 1st district.

At the nation’s capital, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada made his reelection bid official. His running mate is former 5th district congressman Amado Bagatsing, reported News5. Bagatsing ran against Estrada in the 2016 polls.

Another bet who filed a COC for mayor is another Estrada foe, Alfredo Lim, reported DWIZ. Estrada and Lim are being challenged by their former vice mayor, Isko Moreno, who filed on Friday.

In San Juan City, former vice mayor Francis Zamora tries again to win the mayoralty seat. He filed his candidacy alongside his father Ronaldo Zamora, who is seeking reelection as congressman.

Other COC filers: 

  • Malabon City: Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval and Councilor Maricar Torres – running for mayor and vice mayor (News5)
  • Manila: 1st District Representative Manny Lopez – running for reelection (Philippine Star)
  • Navotas City:
    • Representative Tobias Tiangco – running for mayor (Philippine Star)
    • Mayor John Reynald Tiangco – running for congressman (Philippine Star)
  • Parañaque City – Mayor Edwin Olivarez and Vice Mayor Rico Golez – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
  • Pasig City: 
    • Mayor Robert Eusebio – running for reelection (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    • Councilor Vico Sotto – running for mayor (Rappler)
    • Former congressman Roman Romulo – running for congressman (Rappler)
  • Taguig-Pateros District: Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano – running for congressman (Rappler)


The Radazas of Lapu-Lapu City will switch positions in 2019, reported SunStar Cebu: former congressman Arturo Radaza for mayor, Councilor Harry Radaza for vice mayor, and Mayor Paz Radaza for congresswoman.

Other COC filers:


Zamboanga City 1st district congressman Celso Lobregat filed his candidacy for mayor. He will challenge reelectionist Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar, who also filed her COC on Wednesday.


In Cagayan de Oro City, Mayor Oscar Moreno is looking to win another term. He will be challenged by Agriculture Undersecretary Pompee La Viña.

Former mayor Vicente Emano also filed a COC for vice mayor. La Viña and Emano will be running under the PaDayon Pilipino party.

Former 2nd district congressman Rufus Rodriguez seeks to return to Congress in 2019, while 1st District Representative Rolando Uy is gunning for reelection.

In Zamboanga Sibugay, Vice Governor Eldwin Alibutdan and 2nd District Representative Dulce Ann Hofer are both running for reelection. 

Ex-vice governor Rey Andre Olegario is also eyeing a comeback to his old seat.

Other COC filers:

  • Bukidnon:
    • Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr – running for reelection (Rappler)
    • Malaybalay City Mayor Ignacio Zubiri – running for congressman, 2nd district (Rappler)
  • Davao del Norte: 1st district congressman and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez – running for reelection (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Michael Bueza, with reports from Pia Ranada, Kurt Adrian dela Peña, Bobby Lagsa, and Bong Santisteban/

*Editor’s Note: Hermenegildo Gualberto is mayor of San Fernando City in La Union, not Pampanga as earlier reported.

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