BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
A businessman from Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City was the first to file his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections-Bacolod Satellite Office at about 10 a.m. yesterday.
However, this is the third attempt of Alan Tamon Arroyo, a retired seaman, to run as independent councilor of Bacolod City, losing every time.
Arroyo claimed that he was able to garner 30,000 votes during the last 2019 election and expect to have the same number of supporters in the 2022 national and local elections.
Arroyo yesterday said that if ever he is elected, he would like the improve the street lighting facilities in Bacolod City to make its streets safer especially during nighttime. He also would like to offer whatever help he could extend to the people within three years if elected councilor.
Bacolod Election Officer Kathrina Trinio-Caña said she was informed by former Neg. Occ., 3rd District congressman Albee Benitez that he will be filing his COC’s on October 5, although his letter did not indicate if other members of his slate will also file their COC’s on the same day.
Caña clarified that there is no need for candidates to set an appointment to file their COCs since they will be entertained on a first-come, first-served basis.
Only a maximum of two candidates will be allowed inside the Comelec premises to file their COC’s and only one candidate and his companion will be allowed inside the Comelec Office to submit his documents to be received, she said.
Caña said the filing of COC is from October 1 to 8 and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. They also issue voter’s certification every 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, Caña said they have not yet finalized their records of the total number of registrants for the voter’s registration since they were placed under quarantine early this month. But they are trying to conduct an inventory as to the number of applications, and those whose application forms have already been processed.*