By: Tara Yap
TWO MEMBERS of the Garin political clan filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) on the last day of the five-day filing period.
Iloilo Vice Governor Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr. filed his COC past 3pm of October 5 as the congressional candidate of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) in the First District.
He is running for the same position that is currently being held by his wife, Iloilo First District Representative Janette Loreto-Garin.
His mother, San Joaquin Mayor Ninfa Serag-Garin, also filed her COC as candidate for the Iloilo Provincial Board in the First District.
The Garins have long been known to file their COCs on the last day.
The other LP bet for a seat representing the First District in the Iloilo Provincial Board is Margarito Clavel.
With the Garins in play, the LP lineup in Iloilo province is complete.
Last October 2, incumbent Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and his running mate Raul “Boboy” Tupas , former mayor of Barotac Viejo, filed their COCs.
On the same day, LP congressional bets filed their COCs including Pavia Mayor Arcadio Gorriceta for Second District, incumbent Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. for Third District, former Governor Niel Tupas Sr. for Fourth District, and incumbent Niel “Junjun” Tupas Jr. for Fifth District.
All of LP’s candidates for the Iloilo Provincial Board have also filed their COCs. These include incumbents June Mondejar and Demetrio “Demy” Sonza for Second District; incumbents Emmanuel “Manny” Gallar and Licurgo “Curging” Tirador for Third District; Rommel Conte and Carmen Rita “Mitch” Monfort-Bautista for Fourth District; and incumbent Nielo Tupas and Tessie Villanueva for Fifth District.
Independent candidates for various elective positions in the province of Iloilo filed their COCs October 5.
They include 1-CARE party list Representative Salvador “Kiting” Cabaluna III, who is running as congressional candidate in the Second District. He will face incumbent Representative Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco and Pavia Mayor Arcadio Gorriceta.
Porfirio “Perry” Clavel, former regional director of Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB-6), also filed his COC Friday as candidate for the Iloilo Provincial Board in the First District.
Other independent candidates include Serapio Campusao for governor and Domingo Pancrudo for vice governor.