Nograles early bird in filing COC

DAVAO CITY – Without funfare, First District Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles was the earliest to file his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for re-election before the Commission on Elections-City Election Office here Monday.

Nograles appeared at the election office at the Magsaysay Park along R. Magsaysay Avenue at around 8:08 a.m and filed his COC under the National United Party (NUP) without any party mate.

The only incumbent city councilor who ran and won under Nograles party in the 2010 elections was Joanne Bonguyan, who has yet to file her COC.

Former third district city councilor  lawyer Victorio Advincula Sr., who was supported with a “baston”, was the second to file his COC for his old post. His COC was received at 10:50 a.m.

Advincula, who had became a councilor for several terms, will be running independent since he was not included in the local administration ticket Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod during its party’s convention last Friday.

His son, incumbent councilor Victorio Jr., was the one who was among the 10 city council bets of Hugpong in the third district.

The Hugpong has 10 candidates for the first district city council race and 12 in the second district. Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano and Rep. Isidro Ungab are Hugpong’s bets for the congressional race in the second and third district, respectively.

All of the Hugpong party aspirants will file their respective COCs on the last day of filing on Friday. And this time, it could already be known if keen observers could validate their guess that Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is making a comeback as mayor, son Paolo as the vice mayor and incumbent Mayor Sara Duterte challenging Nograles in the first distrct congressional race. (ASA)


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