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Codilla Camp files CoCs

By LaLaine Marcos & Marie Tonette Grace Marticio

ORMOC CITY – The Codil-la camp here has filed their Certificates of Candidacy (CoC) at the City Comelec on Tuesday, October 16, led by former Mayor Eric Co-dilla. They filed as LAKAS-CMD.

His slate is composed of Jose Conejos Jr. as vice mayor, and, for council are Voltaire Conejos; Ra-fael Benjamin Omega III; Alfredo Capahi Jr.; Pedro Godiardo Ebcas; Manuel Paete; Dennis Capuyan; John Eulalio Nepomuceno Aparis II; Lea Doris Villar; Gerald Sia Jr; and, Pedro Pepito.

Sia and Paete are in-laws of Codilla while Capahi is a first cousin. The younger Conejos, a barangay councilor of District 18, is the nephew of the vice-mayoralty candidate. Omega and incumbent councilor Aparis are also cousins, while incumbent Lea Doris Capuyan-Villar and Dennis Capuyan are siblings. Ebcas, on the other hand, ran for vice mayor in 2016 but lost to the incumbent by a 14,000 margin. Pedro Pepito is a barangay chairman of Dolores.

On the other hand, Eufrocino “Winnie” Codilla Jr filed as candi-date for Congress of the 4th district of Leyte in the provincial Comelec office in Tacloban on Wednesday, October 17. This will be his sec-ond run against incumbent Lucy Torres-Gomez whom he lost to in 2010 by 24,701 votes. To recall, Codilla Jr was al-ready “congressman-in-waiting” when Lucy ran in 2010 after they had Comelec disqualify Richard Gomez as congressional candidacy.

Ormoc mayor Eric Codilla, who ran against Lucy in 2013 was routed by 30,277 votes. He was incumbent mayor of Ormoc then but lost to Lucy by more than 8,000 votes in the city. Sister-in-law Violy Codilla, on the other hand, got routed by 55,044 votes. He filed with nephew Elmer Codilla Jr., who is trying his luck as provincial board member. Elmer Sr., who was earlier said to be the one gunning for Congress, preferred to remain as vice-mayor of Kananga, with his wife Rowena running for re-election. On the other hand, Mayor Richard Gomez is seeking reelection in tandem with incumbent Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr and six re-electionist councilors Vince Rama, Tommy Serafica, Bennet Pongos, Gerry Penserga, Goito Yrastorza and Nolito Quilang. Newbies are Perok Rodriguez, Roiland Villasencio, Jasper Lucero and EV Mail publisher Lalaine Marcos. A look at Leyte politics Emerging and existing political families have also filed their candidacies for top posts in Leyte province this week. Almost all, however, deny creating dynasties. Former congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez will be returning to Leyte 1st district, while his wife, congresswoman Yedda Romualdez will run as first nominee of Tingog Sinirangan party list. His cousin, former mayor Alfred Romualdez will replace his wife, mayor Cristina Romualdez, who earlier announced that she will take a break after serving 12 years as councilor and mayor of Tacloban City.

Rep. Henry Ong is seeking reelection in 2nd district against newbie Lolita “Karen” Javier, wife of Mayor Sandy Javier of Javier town. Other aspirants for the district are board member Niccolo Villasin and lawyer Alberto Hidalgo.

His brother, Mayor Eduardo Ong Sr. is running for his third term with his son, Eduardo Ong Jr. as vice-mayor in Carigara town. Eduardo Jr. is tagged as the youngest vice-mayoralty candidate in Eastern Visayas at 22.

The business management graduate from De La Salle University said they have no intention of creating a political dynasty, but only have a common goal to serve the public. “Just like any family who have the same line of work, we also want to serve the public through politics so I don’t see anything wrong with that,” he said. 3rd District Rep. Vicente “Ching” Veloso III, is also seeking reelection and will run against former congressman Andres Salvacion.

Veloso was one of the early birds during the first day of filing of COC with his daughter Atty. Anne Victoria V. Tiozon and Allan Ang who are aiming for the provincial board members post. Ang is an incumbent, while another incumbent, Maria Corazon Remandaban is running with Salvacion.

Veloso also clarified that he is not creating a political dy nasty with his daughter joining politics.

4th District Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez’s brother, board member Matt Torres is running for Mayor in Kananga town, while her sister, Carmen Rama, the wife of Ormoc councilor and reelectionist Vince Rama is also running for board member in 4th district.

Cong. Gomez said that although she understands the con cerns about political families, the deterrent is always the people who choose them to lead. “We live in a democracy. How you measure a public ser vant’s performance is based on what he or she can do,” she said. She added that it is unfair to make a sweeping statement against political families.

Cong. Jose Carlos “Boying” Cari’s son, Carl, has also filed CoC against Marilou “Malot” Galenzoga-Baligod, while he seeks to replace his mother mayor Carmen Cari as mayor of Baybay City against Baligod’s husband, Atty. Levito Baligod. On the other hand, Vice Governor Carlo Loreto is also seeking reelection.

It was earlier rumored that he was running against Cari’s son, Carl, but put to rest the talks when he filed his Coc for the same post around 30 minutes before the provincial Comelec closed on October 17.

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