Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said the members of Asenso for Better Bacolod will file their certificates of candidacy, tentatively on October 16.
He said they will come up with a credible and complete slate for the 2019 elections.
Gamboa said their team includes candidates of Pamilya MKK, Abang Lingkod Partylist, business, civic and cause-oriented groups, the media, business sector, and non-government organizations.
He said they have past and current councilors, barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials, and are in the process of consolidating their list. They have 15 councilors.
The reason why they are conducting a tedious and long process is that there are conditions being set by some of their candidates. They will have to meet on certain common grounds so they can agree on an alliance, he added.
Gamboa said their line-up includes former councilors Homer Bais and Alex Paglumotan, while they are having negotiations with two more.
He said former mayor Monico Puentevella is eyeing the congressional seat. They have a candidate for mayor, and they respect the decision of Councilor Ricardo Tan not to run for mayor.
Meanwhile, Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said the filing of COCs is from October 11 to 17, based on Comelec Resolution No. 10420.
If a candidate is nominated for any political party, the number one requirement is a certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA), she said.
Majarucon-Sia said the filing of the CONA and COC should be done simultaneously and these should be duly subscribed by the Comelec with documentary stamps and passport size picture.
Without the CONA, they will be considered as independent candidates. Usually they are being nominated by their national party, she said.
If they cannot file their COC personally, they should authorize their representative to file them, but the authorization should be notarized. The COC should be filled up by the candidates, she added.*
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