Former Davao Sur town mayor dies, replacement eyed as mayoral aspirant

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – The coalition of the Liberal Party (LP) and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in Davao del Sur is now looking from among the party to run as mayor in Bansalan town following the untimely passing of former mayor lawyer Peter Melchor Arches.

Vice Mayor Arnel “Atong” Gallardo, running-mate of Arches, said they have yet to decide on who will replace the mayoral candidate to challenge Mayor Edwin Reyes, who will be seeking his third and last term.

The NPC provincial chair is former congressman and gubernatorial candidate Claude Bautista while the LP provincial chair is his brother, second district congressional re-electionist Franklin Bautista.

Reyes is running under the Nationalista Party (NP), whose provincial chair is Governor Douglas Cagas, who is seeking mayoral post in Digos City while his son, incumbent first district Rep. Marc Douglas Cagas IV, would like to replace him as governor.

He defeated Arches in the 2010 national and local elections in a margin of 1,557 while Gallardo running under the Lakas-CMD party won over running-mates of Reyes and Arches, who were Virgilio Humol and Loreto Valdez.

This time, Gallardo is running under Arches’ party but in a sudden turn of events, Arches who was a mayor for three terms, died on Wednesday morning in a Davao City hospital over a heart ailment after being hospitalized since September this year.

The replacement of Arches is allowed under the Comission on Election (Comelec) Resolution 9518.

According to Section 15 known as substitution of candidates in case of death, disqualification or withdrawal of another, “If after the last day for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy, an official candidate of a duly registered political party or coalition of political parties dies, withdraws or is disqualified for any cause, he may be substituted by a candidate belonging to, and nominated by, the same political party. No substitute shall be allowed for any independent candidate.” (ASA)

 

 

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