Official Comelec list shows 3 fighting for mayoral post

THE COMMISSION on Elections already received from central office the official list of candidates for the May 2016 presidential elections.

According to the list, former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is listed as one of the five candidates vying for the mayoral post. Incumbent Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, meanwhile, is running unopposed.

The official list of the Comelec also showed that there five candidates for three congressional districtsand 43 for the city council.

Aside from Duterte-Carpio, Teodoro P. Mantilla and Alfredo L. Tocante were also part in the list of candidates in the mayoral post for the 2016 election.

Davao City First District Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles is running unopposed. For the second district, current second district Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano and Christopher B. Abierra is competing for the post; while in the third district, Karlo S. Bello and Alberto Tom Ungab are gunning for the same position.

Maysah Casar, Election Assistant II of First District, said that the substitution application of the younger Duterte, who is replacing her father, Rodrigo, was already approved by the Comelec.

On Nov. 27, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for president at the main office in Manila through a representative.

Duterte entered the presidential race under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, or PDP-Laban, as substitute of anti-corruption advocate Martin Diño, who withdrew his certificate on Oct. 29. Diño named Duterte as his possible replacement.

However, Duterte is facing his third disqualification case after JP Delas Nievas, University Student Council Chairperson of the University of the Philippines Diliman, filed the petition before the Comelec on Dec. 22.

The local official of the Comelec is now checking the names of the candidates for the printing of the official ballots. However, the Comelec could not yet print official ballots because the official list for the national election is not yet final and may still be edited.

The Comelec named the six individuals running for vice president in the May 2016 polls. They were identified as Leni Robredo, Antonio Trillanes IV, Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos, Gregorio Honasan, Francis Chiz Escudero, and Alan Peter Cayetano.

Moreover, the list for the presidential post is not yet complete as Duterte is facing third disqualification case while Senator Grace Poe filed petitions before the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday to stop the Comelec from cancelling her certificate of candidacy (COC).

In two petitions for certiorari, Poe is requesting two temporary restraining orders (TROs) from the SC to stop the Comelec from implementing its ruling.

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