WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
From October 1 to 8, 2021, aspirants for local positions will be filing their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2022 Philippine elections. More than 18,000 positions in the provincial down to the municipal governments will be up for grabs across the country.
In the Visayas, they are running in 16 provinces, 39 cities, and 369 municipalities.
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DUMAGUETE CITY: Mayor Felipe Remollo seeks reelection
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo on Friday, October 8, filed his certificate of candidacy for a third term in office.
He will run alongside Calindagan Barangay Captain Maisa Isabel Sagarbarria, wife of Negros Oriental 2nd District Representative Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria, under the “Lupad Dumaguete” slate.
Remollo’s pet project is the controversial 174-hectare “Smart City” reclamation project, which faced wide opposition from residents, scientists, and civil and environmental groups. His opponent, 2nd District Board Member Estanislao “Eslao” Alviola of the “Kasaligan” slate, had already expressed opposition to the venture.
NEGROS ORIENTAL: Vice Governor Mark Macias runs for governor
Vice Governor Edwark Mark Macias filed his certificate of candidacy for governor of Negros Oriental on Friday, October 8. He is running under the Liberal Party.
Macias’ entry to the gubernatorial race sets up a three-way fight with incumbent Governor Roel Degamo of the Nacionalista Party and Bayawan City Mayor Pryde Henry Teves of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.
With him were supporters such as reelectionist Negros Oriental 1st District Representative Jocelyn Sy-Limkaichong and Dumaguete City Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President and ex-officio Councilor Renz Macion, who is running for the first time as board member of the 2nd District of Negros Oriental. Both are also running under the Liberal Party.
CEBU CITY: Mike Rama files candidacy for mayor
Acting Cebu City Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor of Cebu City on Friday, October 8.
Rama, head of local party PDP-Barug, is running with Cebu City Councilor Raymond Garcia as his vice mayor. His entire city council and congressional slate filed with him, with the exception of Councilor Joel Garganera, who filed his COC earlier in the day.
ILOILO: Vice Governor Christine Garin seeks third term
Iloilo Vice Governor Christine Garin filed her certificate of candidacy for reelection to a third term on Friday, October 8.
Garin, who is running under the Nacionalista Party, won’t have a gubernatorial candidate, after a “gentleman’s agreement” was reached between erstwhile rivals incumbent governor Arthur Defensor Jr. and NP provincial chairperson Ferjenel Biron.
Garin had also served as Guimbal town mayor. Her sister, Jennifer Garin-Colada recently assumed the town mayorship, after their father Oscar Garin Sr. died in late September.
Her brother Richard will run for Miag-ao mayor, while her sister-in-law Janette will run for reelection as 1st district representative.
ILOILO: Governor Defensor files candidacy for reelection
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. filed his certificate of candidacy for reelection on Friday, October 8.
Defensor will be running under the National Unity Party and the local Uswag Ilonggo Party where he serves as regional chairperson.
He was elected to the post in 2019 under PDP-LABAN, but jumped ship in late September. He had also served as provincial board member for the 3rd district from 2007 to 2010, and 3rd district representative from 2010 to 2019.
BACOLOD: Former city administrator runs for governor
Former Bacolod city administrator Juan “John” Orola, Jr. threw his hat into Negros Occidental’s gubernatorial race on Friday, October 8.
Orola, a businessman and tourism and education advocat, is running under PDP-Laban. He served as congressman from 1998 to 2001.
He is challenging Governor Eugenio “Jose” Lacson of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Lacson’s Love Negros ruling coalition and the United Negros Alliance signed early this year a unity agreement not to run against each other’s incunbents, except for a few “zona libre” areas.
CEBU: Lapu-Lapu Mayor Ahong Chan runs for second term
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan will face Lapu-Lapu City congresswoman Paz Radaza in the mayoral race.
ILOILO CITY: Former mayor Espinosa runs for congressman
Former Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III filed his certificate of candidacy on Friday, October 8, to vie for the city’s lone congressional seat.
Espinosa lost to his brother-in-law Mayor Jerry Treñas in the 2019 mayoral race. He is going up against reelectionist Representative Julienne Baronda of the Uswag Ilonggo Party/National Unity Party (NUP) in the 2022 polls.
CEBU: Governor Gwen Garcia seeks second term
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia filed her certificate of candidacy for a second term on Friday, October 8.
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