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Daraga placed under Comelec control

The Municipality of Daraga, Albay is now placed under the full control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by virtue of the Commission’s en banc Resolution Number 10479. This was declared by Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez who, Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

The declaration to make Daraga in full control of the Comelec stemmed from the murder of mayoralty candidate and Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe last December 22, 2018. The suspect in the said murder is incumbent mayor Carlwyn Baldo.

Jimenez explained that the declaration will take effect immediately as soon as the resolution is published and shall last until the end of the election period.

When an area is declared under Comelec control, all national and local officials assigned in the area, including the military and police personnel, will be under the supervision of the poll body.

Apart from Daraga, Cotabato City was also declared under Comelec control by virtue of Comelec Resolution 10480 due to the deadly mall bombing incident in the area.##

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2019 Elections: Castilla, Sorsogon Candidates

In Castilla, Sorsogon, incumbent Mayor Joan Lorenzano will again have a face off with Isagani Mendoza just like in 2016. Will Mendoza lose again by around 2,000 votes or it will be bigger this time given Lorenzano’s incumbency advantage?

In the vice mayoralty elections, Vice Mayor Vicente Manata will have no contender and is therefore on a safe place.

Both Lorenzano and Manata are running under Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Mendoza, on the other hand, is running under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) banner.

For Mayor

  1. LORENZANO, JOAN ELIZABETH MADRIDEO (NPC)
  2. MENDOZA, ISAGANI BELEN (PDDS)

For Vice Mayor

  1. MANATA, VICENTE (NPC)

For Councilor

  1. AGARAP, JESUS (NPC)
  2. CAL ORTIZ, ROWEL (IND)
  3. GAPIDO, PETER (NPC)
  4. HAO, NOEL (NPC)
  5. LLEVA, EDUARDO JR. (NPC)
  6. LLONA, IAN (IND)
  7. LUNA, ADRIAN (IND)
  8. MADRIDEO, JOEY (IND)
  9. MARANTAL, SALLY (NPC)
  10. MARTICIO, VILMA (NPC)
  11. MIRANDILLA, ELMER (NPC)
  12. NAVAS, ERICK (NPC)
  13. ORTIZ, ANTONIO (IND)
  14. RICAFORT, SILVESTRE (IND)
  15. ZEPEDA, JOEL (IND)

2019 Elections: Donsol, Sorsogon Candidates

Donsol, Sorsogon incumbent Mayor Jo Cruz is seeking reelection and will be facing again one of her opponents in 2016 — Cesino Lotino. Cruz is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) while Lotino is under Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).  Lotino failed to get an endorsement from Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) after mustering only a hundred votes in an electorate with more than 22,000 voters. This gives Cruz and edge in the rematch.

In the vice mayoralty race, incumbent Salve Ocaya will be seeking reelection under NPC. She is being challenged by Ray Aquino of Kusog Bikolandia (KB) and Dante Herera of PFP.

The list of candidates down to councilors is as follows:

For Mayor

  1. CRUZ, JOSEPHINE ALCANTARA (NPC)
  2. LOTINO, CESINO OLAZO (PFP)

For Vice Mayor

  1. AQUINO, RAY (KB)
  2. HERRERA, DANTE (PFP)
  3. OCAYA, SALVE (NPC)

For Councilor

  1. ABETRIA, MA. CHRISTIANA (NPC)
  2. ABITRIA, ARMANDO (IND)
  3. ALCANTARA, JEROME II (NPC)
  4. ALIM, PAY (IND)
  5. ALIM, VICTOR (IND)
  6. AQUINO, TONETTE (NPC)
  7. CERVANTES, EVA (PFP)
  8. CLEOFE, FRANCISCO (IND)
  9. DE GUZMAN, TED (IND)
  10. GARAY, HELENE (IND)
  11. HERNANDEZ, ARGEL (NPC)
  12. LUBIANO, GLENN (NPC)
  13. MALAGUEÑO, SOFRONIO JR. (PFP)
  14. MANRIQUE, DING (KB)
  15. NATO, NICK (NPC)
  16. RABULAN, GREGORIO (IND)
  17. RICO, ANDOY (PFP)
  18. ROSALES, ROGER (PFP)
  19. TOLEDO, RODELL (NPC)

2019 Elections: Casiguran, Sorsogon Candidates

It appears that after the May 2019 elections, the Hamors will continue to hold political power. Mayor Edwin Hamor is seeking reelection under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). He is being challenged bu Clodualdo Hibo who is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).

The vice mayoralty race is also seen to be in the bag of Dennis Escudero who is running under NPC. The opponent is Bartolome Hagos who registered under the PFP banner.

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

For Mayor

  1. HAMOR, JOSE EDWIN BRONDIAL (NPC)
  2. HIBO, CLODUALDO FERNANDEZ (PFP)

For Vice Mayor

  1. ESCUDERO, DENNIS (NPC)
  2. HAGOS, BARTOLOME (PFP)

For Councilor

  1. ABOTANATIN, REY (NPC)
  2. BASILAN, ANGEL (IND)
  3. BELAZON, SONNY (IND)
  4. BOCAYA, JAMERS (IND)
  5. CORAÑES, OTE (IND)
  6. DELA CRUZ, KIKOT (IND)
  7. DEMATE, MACARIO JR. (NPC)
  8. DULVA, CARLITO (IND)
  9. DUQUE, NIÑO (IND)
  10. ENCINARES, SAMMY (NPC)
  11. ESCOTE, JAN JAN (IND)
  12. ESCUDERO, MON (NPC)
  13. GARGALLO, SANER (IND)
  14. HABAL, GAYA (NPC)
  15. HACUMAN, DORINA (IND)
  16. HALUM, GUILLERMO JR. (IND)
  17. AMOR, CRIS (IND)
  18. HAPIN, LARRY (NPC)
  19. HATOC, RICO (NPC)
  20. HAYAGAN, JOEL (NPC)
  21. JANORAS, JOHN ART (IND)
  22. MATEOS, IRA (IND)
  23. PALCUTO, NONG (IND)
  24. SARCIA, JUNSINGKET (IND)

 

2019 Elections: Bulusan, Sorsogon Candidates

Incumbent Mayor Mike Guysayko is seeking reelection. This time, he is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) banner from 2016’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). He is being challenged by Norberto Dino of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.

Vice Mayor Reuel Fortades will also be seeking reelection under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Fortades is being challenged by Jose Rene Halum of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

The complete list of candidates is as follows

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2019 Elections: Bulan, Sorsogon Candidates

Will 2019 repeat the municipal election history of a “duel in a crowd”, at least in the mayoralty race?

In 2016, the mayoralty contest became more of a duel between Mavic Ballesteros and Helen De Castro  despite the presence of three more competitors. De Castro won the election with Ballesteros coming in second with a narrow margin of around 2,000 votes. The third to fifth contenders lagged far behind garnering a combined votes of a little over 8,000 or half of the votes of Ballesteros.

For 2019, only three filed their certificates of candidacy but many consider the elections as between De Castro and Ballesteros. Reelectionist De Castro is running under the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) while Ballesteros will run under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). The third candidate, Vice Mayor Meo Gordola, will run under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) banner.

The vice mayoralty race,  which will be opened because of Vice Mayor Gordola’s aspiration for the local executive post, will be between Chito Delmonte (NPC), Miguel Guarin (PDP-Laban), and Chito Hao (LDP). Delmonte lost to Gordola in 2016 vice mayoralty elections while Hao is an incumbent councilor.

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

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