Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Only 2 file COCs on Tuesday in Albay
By Nancy Ibo Meidavilo

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 14 (PNA) -- Only two aspirants for congressional seats filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) at the Commission on Election (Comelec) Albay office.

Lawyer Romeo G. Serrano, Albay Comelec provincial supervisor, said it might have something to do with number 13, which is perceived to bring negative consequences although, he said, the Chinese think the figure represents luck.

Serrano named the two politicians who filed their COCs on Tuesday as Jaime Chua, for congressman of the Third District of the province as an independent candidate, and lawyer Ted Contactu, for representative of the First District under the PDP-Laban.

For cities, only the Comelec Tabaco City office received a COC from Ed Lorcha for councilor.

None filed COC in the cities of Legazpi and Ligao.

As of Wednesday, 13 have already submitted their COCs for provincial positions.

For the second congressional seat, only Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, LP regional leader, has registered his COC.

In the First District, former representative Edcel Lagman filed his COC on Monday under the LP, while incumbent Rep. Fernando V. Gonzales also submitted his COC on the same day.

For governor, only Rep. Al Francis Bichara of NP, and for vice govenor, only incumbent Vice Governor Harold Imperial of LP appeared for filing on Monday.

He expects better turnout on Thursday and Friday, the last day for COC filing.

The Comelec official expects a generally peaceful filing period in Albay with the start of the unofficial election period.

The campaign period officially starts on Jan. 10, 2016. (PNA) FPV/FGS/NIM/CBD/EBP