TAGBILARAN CITY, October 17 (PIA)--Barring any substitutions which the court allows for candidates until December 10, Boholanos will have to know and choose among five gubernatorial candidates who pack known and unknown capacities and characters to fill the province’s top seat and inherit a task of guiding a local government struggling to get up from debilitating calamities including an earthquake and storms.
Among the pack is a guy who has the most intent to be in the seat.
Kary Lumayno Balagosa filed his certificate of candidacy to the gubernatorial seat October 12, or right after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) declared the opening of the filing of the certificates. Balagosa runs as Independent candidate.
Three other candidates threw in their hats October 13, or a day after the opening of the filing of candidacies.
Edgar M. Chatto, of the Liberal Party, Rosemarie Lim Imboy who runs as independent candidate and Wenceslao S Garcia of PMM party, together filed their candidacies on the same day.
On the last day of filing, October 16, another candidate from the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) Cipriano Gaudicos beat the clock to join in the fray for governor, making the final count of gubernatorial candidates at 5.
While independent candidates can not be substituted, those with legitimate political parties can name other party members for substitution should the first named candidate be unable to continue in the campaign, according to Bohol COMELEC supervisor Atty Eliseo Labaria.
Of them all, it is Chatto who is most prominent in the political radar, himself having held a long list of accomplishments in public service and governance. Chatto had stints as mayor, vice governor, congressman and governor.
Considered another aspirant to the position is Rosemarie Lim Imboy, who runs as independent candidate. Imboy sits as Loay mayor.
Garcia on the other hand is running again for governor, having failed to win in the last polls.
Balagosa and Gaudicos are both new players.
On the other hand, it would be a tough fight for the vice gubernatorial seat in Bohol. This is between political rivals from the same town Valencia.
Incumbent Vice Governor and former Valencia Mayor Concepcion Lim, who runs under the Liberal Party will face off with mortal political enemy in graduating senior Board Member Dionisio Balite. Balite shelters himself under the Partido Demokratiko nga Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN).
For the Provincial Board under Bohol’s First District, seven candidates intend to be chosen. For the Liberal Party are Abeleon Damalerio, Ricky Masamayor and Vinzencio Arcamo. For the PDP-LABAN are Manuelto Bumaat, Dante Salva and Christopher Bangalao. Running as independent candidate is Jose Mesina.
In Bohol’s Second District, seven candidates again are vying for the three seats. For the LP are Ghierjhem Puracan, Agapito Avenido and Jonel Torregosa.
Also putting up a strong contention is the Nationalista People’s Coalition (NPC) Antonio Ouano Jr., Tomas Abapo Jr and Rey Nino Boniel.
One candidate: Santos Abella runs as independent candidate in the district.
For the four seats under Bohol’s Third Congressional District, running under the LP are Elpidio Jala, Sancho Bernales, Kristine Alexie Tutor and Jane Jade Bautista. Under the PDP Laban on the other hand are Godofreda Tirol, Noel Bongolto, Dionisio Victor Balite and Porferio Datoy.
Meanwhile Laureano Datoy runs in the district as independent candidate.
For the District representatives, in the First District, Rene Relampagos bats for a reelection under the LP, while Cresencio Alturas runs under the PDP-Laban and Joahna Initay runs under the United Nationalists Alliance ticket.
In the second District, it is a one on one between Erico Aristotle Aumentado who guns for a reelection under the NPC slate against Gerardo Garcia who runs under the NUP.
In the Third Congressional District, again, it is a one-on-one fight between reelectionist Arthur Yap who runs under the NPC ticket and Conchita Toribio delos Reyes running under the PDP Laban.
In the national scene, this election proved a record breaker, with 130 filing their candicacies for president in the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila.
No less than Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez who announced the development with a tally of people who filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) from October 12 until October 16:
Another 19 are intending to make it to the spare tire seas of the vice president.
Around 172 candidates also filed for senators. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)