The filing of COC (Certificate of Candidacy) has passed. We’ve seen a glimpse of what it’s going to be on May 2016 Elections.
I have not seen the official list of candidates, but reading from different threads and posting in Social Media, the candidates are dominated by imcumbents seeking reelection or at least going for another position. Some new faces are trying their luck and hoping to jumpstart their political career.
But what really stands out after all the smoke has cleared, is the current Vice-Governor Chari Bersamin opting to run for Vice-Mayor of Bangued.
It’s quite surprising and even unprecendented perhaps. I and many political pundits expected Vice-Gov. Bersamin to run for a higher position, either a Governor or a Congresswoman or just simple seek re-election. So why you would ask?
I was able to contact the Vice-Governor. I got her permission to make her statement in public. Here’s her official statement:
I love abra with all my life. Thank you very much if many wished and prayed for my assumption to a higher office. However, much as i want to run for a higher position, some personal and family considerations prevented me from doing so. I may say that it is perhaps not yet the right time for me to vie for a higher post. I hope you understand and still support me when it comes. Rest assured I will still be of service to all abrenios nu mapagasatan ak vm ti Bangued!
So will this be the end of this issue? Probably not becuase a substitute candidate is allowed:
Under Section 19 of the Commission on Elections’ Resolution No. 9984, which was promulgated on August 18, 2015, the substitute should belong to and should be nominated by the substituted candidate’s political party or coalition.
A substitute for one that withdraws his or her candidacy or is disqualified will have until December 10, 2015 to file a certificate of candidacy, according to the Commission on Elections rules on candidacies and nominations for the 2016 elections.
In other words, Vice-Gov. Bersamin can still run for a higher office. How? By being a substitute candidate in place of either Ruby Bersamin (running for Governor) or Atty. Marco Bautista (running for Congress). Both candidates are running on the same party as the Vice-Governor.
The question though is will the two would agree to such an idea? It maybe unlikely or far fetch but not impossible. Substituting a candidate has been used as either as political strategy to confuse their opponents or an unforeseen event where the candidate can or would no longer run.
Come December 10, some shakeup in current lineup of political parties could occur…