Unopposed bets to campaign for allies

DUMAGUETE CITY – Those running unopposed or facing token rivals may now devote their time to fully campaign for their allies in the upcoming elections.

Unless there will be surprises on the last day when a substitute candidate for a political party or coalition can file his or her certificate of candidacy on November 29, 2018, the election of some candidates would seem like a walk in the park.

Such a situation would provide candidates without actual competition with more time to campaign for their allies to win their own races.

Candidates deemed to be sure winners even before the May 13, 2019 elections due to the absence or are facing mere token rivals are 1st District Cong. Josy Limkaichong, 2nd District Cong. Manuel Sagarbarria and Vice-Governor Mark Macias.

Governor Roel Degamo could have gained another feather in his political cap of being unopposed if 1st District Board Member Ikay Villanueva and broadcaster Dindo Generoso did not beat the deadline in filing their COCs.

Certainly, the coalition really worked for 3rd district Cong. Arnie Teves, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abierra, Mabinay mayor bet Joe Terry Uy and husband incumbent Mayor Ernie Uy, who is term limited and will instead run for vice-mayor for no one has filed COC to challenge them.

Per COMELEC rules, from October 18 to November 29, is the period within which the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew his candidacy may file COC.

So in some races, it is not yet known whether those who filed against some incumbent officials in the coalition as of October 17 will withdraw and be replaced by stronger candidates of the political parties.