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 Governor.

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 gubernatorial post.

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)

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