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Goma, ODT files on 1st day

By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio

ORMOC CITY – Mayor Richard Gomez, Vice May-or Leo Carmelo J. Locsin Jr., and members of the Ormoc Development Team (ODT) are among the early birds who filed their certificates of candidacies on the first day, October 11.

After hearing mass at the nearby St. Peter and Paul Church, Gomez and his team, with Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez beside him, walked the short distance to the city election office. They are run-ning under the administration’s PDP-LABAN.

They were joined by support-ers who chanted their support for the ODT.

Gomez filed with incumbent vice-mayor Leo Carmelo J. Locsin Jr. and six incumbent councilors Vincent Rama, Tomas Serafica, Benjamin Pongos Jr., Gerardo Penserga, Goito Yrastorza and Nolito Quilang. New candidates of the ODT are businessman Pe-ter Rodriguez, aircraft engineer Roiland Villasencio and local newspaper publisher Lalaine Marcos. City legal counsel Jasper Lucero is making a second try.

Mayor Gomez said they filed early to put the matter behind them and buckle down to work. “We have a complete slate, why do we have to wait for the last day. File na kami, first day pa lang para makabalik mi og trabaho dayon,” he said.

October is a busy month in Ormoc, full of activities related to the Business Month celebra-tion and the 71st Charter Day on October 20.

He will also be delivering his State of the City Address on October 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Superdome.

Rep. Lucy T. Gomez, on the other hand, said she would have also wanted to file on Thursday, but opted to postpone it this week since the provincial election office is in Tacloban City.

She will also accompany younger brother Matt Tores who is currently provincial board member, when he files for Mayor of Kananga, Leyte. Another sister, Caren T. Rama is running for board member.

Former Ormoc mayor Eric Codilla is expected to be Gomez’s challenger. Codilla announced his intention last week over a radio interview but said he was still f irming up his lineup. The former Ormoc mayor ran for Congress in 2010 against Lucy but lost by more than 35,000 votes.

It has been announced on radio that former Kananga mayor Elmer Codilla will run for Congress. He will be the 4th Codilla that will run against Rep. Lucy T. Gomez.

Lucy’s PDP-Laban team in the 4th district has complete lineups, too. The PDP-Laban candidate for Merida is Engr. Roland Villasencio, Sixto dela Victoria for Albuera, Vice Mayor Georgina Arevalo for Palompon, Michael Torrevillas for Matag-ob, Mayor Saturnino Medina Jr. for Isabel, and, Matt Torres.

In the Leyte provincial office, early birds were 3rd district Rep. Vicente “Ching” Veloso III, who filed for reelection; his daughter Atty. Anne Victoria V. Tiozon and Allan Ang as provincial board members. Ang is an incumbent. Veloso clarified that his
daughter’s electoral bid does not mean that he is creating a new political dynasty in his district.

Congressman Henry Ong of the 2nd district of Leyte also filed his candidacy accompanied by 14 mayoralty candidates.

Ong expressed confidence that with the support from local chief executives, he would be able to secure his post anew.

“Marami naman tayong naitulong sa mga bayan at nakikita nila na may ginagawa tayo para sa kanila kaya sinusuportahan nila tayo,” he said. Both candidates’ opponents are yet to be determined since no other hopefuls have filed their CoCs as of Friday.

“Marami naman tayong naitulong sa mga bayan at nakikita nila na may ginagawa tayo para sa kanila kaya sinusuportahan nila tayo,” he said. Both candidates’ opponents are yet to be determined since no other hopefuls have filed their CoCs as of Friday.



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