Filing of COCs for ARMM polls starts

Filing of COCs for ARMM polls starts

COTABATO CITY, May 19 (PNA) – The filing of certificates of candidacy has started in theAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in preparation for the August 8 regional elections.

A former mayor in Sulu and an unknown businessman from Maguindanao were among the early birds hoping to become the next ARMM regional governor.

Alvares Isnaji, a former mayor of an island town in Sulu and a businessman from Maguindanao were the first to submit COCs before the Commission on Elections regional office in Cotabato City.

Isnaji, former speaker of the ARMM regional legislative assembly, was linked to the kidnapping of ABS-CBN journalist Ces Drilon in 2008. He was briefly detained with his son and later released.

Ibrahim Demino, a businessman from Barangay Kauran, Ampatuan, Maguindanao, also filed his candidacy hoping to become the ARMM’s 6th elected governor.

The filing of candidacy ends on May 23, Monday.

According to Lawyer Ray Sumalipao, ARMM Comelec regional director, those seeing to become members of the Regional Legislative Assembly, the region’s law-making body, are to file their COCs with the provincial election supervisor in the case of provinces and city election officer in the case of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur and Lamitan in Basilan.

Sumalipao said his office is expecting about five or six aspirants for the regional governor.

Among those who signified their intention to seek the region’s top post were former Rep. Pax Mangudadatu, Mayor Tocao Mastura of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and acting regional Gov. Ansaruddin Adiong.

Should the election pushes through, Interior and Local Governments Sec. Jesse Robredo that Malacanang will field official gubernatorial candidates.

He said in the history of ARMM, no administration candidates has lost in the gubernatorial post.

He, however, would not reveal President Aquino’s aspirant for the region’s top post. (PNA)
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