Comelec releases list
of candidates for 2016 elections
BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections released the
final list of candidates who filed their respective certificates of
candidacy for the various elective positions in the 2016 local election.
In Baguio City, incumbent Congressman Nicasion Aliping Jr. of the Liberal
Party who seeking reelection for his second term is joined by former Cong.
Bernardo Vergara of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition and businessman
Marquez Go of the Nationalista Party. Other contenders are Electrical
Engineer Rudy Aspilan and Edgardo Duque, both independent candidates.
For the mayoralty post, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, the longest serving
politician in the city, will face three worthy opponents, namely former
councilor Jose Molintas, Engr. Guillermo Hernandez, and retired Regional
Trial Court judge Edilberto Claravall.
Despite the political affiliations, various politicians will be having
different running mates in the elections. The Vergara-Domogan leads the
line-up of the Timpuyog ti Baguio, Go-Molintas will be running under the
NP-NPC Coalition while the LP led by Cong. Aliping will be giving chance for
the people of Baguio to pick their bets for City Mayor.
In Benguet, incumbent Cong. Ronald Cosalan will go head-to-head against
incumbent Gov. Nestor Fongwan for the Congressional seat in the province.
Cosalan, Liberal Party Benguet Chair, is seeking his last term in office
while Fongwan of the Unity Party will be finishing his third term as
Incumbent Vice Gov. Nelson Dangwa will run against former Vice Gov.
Crescencio Pacalso, incumbent Board Member Jack Dulnuan, former Itogon Mayor
Oscar Camanlites and incumbent Buguias Mayor Melchor Diclas for the
In Kalinga, it’s a three cornered fight for the lone legislative district
representative among Carlos Duyan, incumbent Vice Governor Allen Jesse
Mangaoang and incumbent Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Camilo Lammawin Jr.
Vying for the gubernatorial post are incumbent Governor Jocel Baac, Gregory
Farnaw Claver, Conrado Dieza Jr., and Wesley Salibad.
In Ifugao, Incumbent Cong. Teodoro “Teddy” Baguilat, Jr., regional chair of
the LP, and former Cong. Solomon Chungalao filed their COC for
representative for the lone district of Ifugao.
It’s a six-cornered fight for the gubernatorial seat with incumbent Governor
Denis Habawel of the Nationalista Party, incumbent Vice-governor Pedro Mayam-o
of LP, former governor Eugene Ballitang , former Kiangan Mayor Joni Cuyahon
of NPC, incumbent board member Samson Atluna, Narciso Dunuan of Partidong
Bagong Maharlika and Manuel Dangayo.
In Abra, seeking the post as House Representative of the province’s lone
district are former Congresswoman Cecilia Luna of the Lakas CMD, incumbent
San Juan Mayor Marco Bautista(NP), Joseph Bernos of LP and independent
candidate Joselito Bringas.
For the gubernatorial post, it will be a four-cornered fight among incumbent
Cong. Jocelyn Bernos, Ruby Bersamin , independent candidate Robert
Bustamante and Antonio Viernes of Partido Bagong Maharlika.
In Mountain Province and Apayao, the incumbent representatives and governors
will be running unopposed for their third and last term in office. Mountain
Province Cong. Maximo Dalog and Gov. Leonard Mayaen and Apayao Cong. Eleanor
Begtang and Gov. Elias Bulut Jr. will just wait for the election and their
official proclamation. (JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)