(Update 3) 69 bets vie for 29 posts in Davao City
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — Sixty nine candidates filed their
certificates of candidacy for 29 elective positions here as of 9:35p.m., the
last night of filing COCs.
The Commisson on Elections office in Magsaysay Park was filled with supporters
of the candidates who took turns in filing the certificates of candidacy.
Eleven candidates are vying for Davao’s three congressional districts, with
three in District 1, four in District 2, and four in District 3, including
former Davao City Mayor Benjamin De Guzman.
De Guzman’s decision to challenge the Lopezes in the third district ended
speculation’s he is making a comeback and would face head-on Mayor Rodrigo
Duterte won’t have difficulties getting his third term, his sixth as mayor
(he ran for Congress in 1998 after completing a three-term. He reclaimed the
mayoralty from de Guzman.
Running against Duterte are Independent bets Justinian Joaquin, Teodoro
Mantilla, market vendor Henry Satera and Rodrigo Sulamin.
Duterte’s candidacy was filed by his daughter, Sara, who is Duterte’s running
Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan, who is not running, accompanied his young son Louie
John to file his COC. Market vendor Henry Satera, 42, from Exodus in Bangkerohan, also filed his COC
to challenge Duterte because for him “the present administration” failed to
solve the problem of drug addiction and pushers in the city. He said the city
also failed to provide education to the poor, to build wider roads.
Satera spoke of his own plans for the city, which he intends to fund using
money from “those who have”.
He gave a wayward answer, however, when asked about his stand on the aerial
spray ban. He said the dengue control program has to be improved.
He was worried that he looked like a drug addict in the photo he submitted
with his certificate of candidacy.
He even told reporters De Guzman turned down his offer to run as his running mate.
Only one candidate, Dr. Jeffrey Ho has so far filed a COC to challenge the
younger Duterte who accompanied her dad’s bets today at the Comelec.
Sara told MindaNews she is now ready to campaign and possibly deal with
mudslinging, ending months of speculation and supposed public consultation on
Forty eight candidates are vying for 24 seats in the City Council, 16 from the
First district, 17 from the second district, and 18 from the third district.
The list includes local Bayan Muna spokesperson Jeppie Ramada, whom Duterte
removed from his slate for alleged misunderstanding.
Twenty of the bets ran as “independent.”
The last day of filing was orderly and peaceful even if a group advocating
for more government attention to the city’s housing woes staged a protest
before noon to remind incumbent councilors of their commitment to pass the
city’s Shelter Code.
The rally, however, was dispersed when an incumbent councilor assured them
legislators would still tackle the proposed ordinance as their term did not
end when they filed their COCs.
Most of the candidates submitted results of their drug tests, but there were a
number who told Comelec the test results will follow. 9:35p.m.)
For House of Representatives (District 1): Mabilog, Edgar (Ind); Millendez
Anacleto (Ind), Nograles, Prospero (Lakas-CMD)
District 2: Aportadera, Avelardo, Jr. (LP); Batucan, Joel (Independent);
Dureza, Jimmy (PDSP); and Garcia, Vincent (NPC)
District 3: De Guzman, Benjamin (LDP); Lopez, Rene Elias (NPC); Rodriguez,
Sonja (Kampi); and Ungab, Isidro (PDP)
For Mayor: Duterte, Rodrigo (PDP Laban); Joaquin, Justinian (Independent);
Mantilla, Teodoro (Independent); Satera, Henry (Independent); Sulamin, Rodrigo
For Vice Mayor: Duterte, Sara and Ho, Jeffrey
For City Councilors:
District 1: Abellera, Nilo (Lakas CMD); Acosta, Ma. Belen (PDP); Almendras,
Grace (Independent); Antolin, Rodolfo (Independent); Avila, Leo (Lakas CMD); Braga, Pilar (Lakas CMD); Cirilo,
Carlos (Independent); Custodio, Bernard (Independent); Garcia, Edwin
(Independent); Ibuyan, Edgar (PDP); Laviña, Peter (LP); Librado-Trinidad,
Angela (Bayan Muna); Militar, Bonifacio (PDP); Ner, Narciso (Independent);
Paconla, Rogelio (Independent); Ponteras, Randy (UNO)
District 2: Alterado, Senforiado (PDP); Aportadera, Mikey (Independent);
Apostol, Dante (Independent); Aquino, Linda Mediatrix (Independent); Arendain,
Fermin (Independent); Bangoy, Samuel (NPC); Bonguyan, Louie John (Lakas CMD);
Cabling, Arnolfo Ricardo (PDP); Dayanghirang, Danilo (PDP); Escamilla, Romeo,
Jr. (Independent); Galido, Arlex (Independent); Lopez, Dominador
(Independent); Lumanog, Joji Jude (Independent); Mahipus, Diosdado (Lakas
CMD); Monteverde, Tomas IV (NPC); Orcullo, Nenita (PDP)
Reta, Susan Isabel (NPC)
District 3: Abrantes, Terso (Independent); Advincula, Victorio G.; Al-ag, Wilberto (PDP); Baluran,
Conrado (PDP); Banac, Ronald (Independent); Bello, Karlo (PDP); Dalodo-Ortiz,
Myrna (PDP); Dolor, Alan (Independent); Giangan, Gertrudes (Kampi); Lasay,
Lasay, Ramon (Independent); Mata, Teresita (Independent); Montajes, Rogelio (Independent); Pantig, Gregorio
(Lakas CMD); Ramada, Jeppei (Bayan Muna); Reyes, Reynaldo (NPC); Villafuerte,
Jose Luis (PDP); Zozobrado, Rachel (Lakas CMD) (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)