BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The last day of filing of certificates of candidacy on October 8 in some hotly-contested towns and a city of the 5th district of Negros Occidental, was filled with twists and turns.
It was a daughter and father tandem in La Castellana, as incumbent Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan seeking her third term as the municipal mayor, took former Mayor Alberto “Bordig” Nicor. Jr, her father, as her candidate for the vice mayoralty position.
Her two brothers, incumbent Councilors Alberto “White” Nicor III and Anejo Nicor, are also up for reelections.
Mangilimutan, who led her group “Team Arangka” in the filing their respective CoCs on October 8 before the La Castellana Comelec office, also got the endorsement of both Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer.
She justified her tandem with her father, stressing it would mean more effective and efficient delivery of services to the people of La Castellana.
Mayor Alejandro Mirasol also filed his certificate of candidacy as mayor of Binalbagan, with his wife, Mary Ann, as his running mate for the town vice-mayoralty position.
Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo is also gunning for another term as mayor of Hinigaran, with his wife, Mary Grace, an incumbent councilor, also filed her CoC for the town vice-mayoralty position, Comelec records show.
Raymund Gatuslao also filed his CoC on Friday as vice mayor of Himamaylan City, against his first cousin, incumbent Vice Mayor Justin Dominic Gatuslao. The son of Raymund, Hernan Emmanuel, is also a board member- aspirant of the 5th district of Negros Occidental.
Board Member Ernesto Agustin Bascon, a mayoralty candidate of Himamaylan City, is also the cousin of Raymund and Justin Gatuslao.
Incumbent 5th district board member Rita Gatuslao also filed her CoC for reelection as member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, Comelec records also showed.
Mayor Irene Consunji Montilla filed her CoC for her second term as mayor of Isabela, with her son, Juan Miguel, also a candidate for vice mayor.
Vice Mayor Renato (JR) Malabor Jr. challenges Montilla in the mayoralty, while his uncle, Francis Malabor, was among the town councilor aspirants. Francis previously served as councilor and vice mayor of Isabela town, respectively.
The father of JR, the late Board Member Renato Malabor, who also served as mayor of Isabela, was gunned down in 2015.
Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo seeks reelection for her second term as mayor of Moises Padilla, while her nephew, Vincent Garcia, also filed his CoC as a member of the municipal council.
Violent incidents that ensued shortly before the May 2019 elections in Moises Padilla, claimed the lives of two members of the Garcia family, who were also elected officials.*