Go vs Aliping, Magalong vs Domogan as Baguio rival pols file COCs for top posts

>> Sunday, October 10, 2021

BAGUIO CITY – Old and new political rivals are now vying for this summer capital’s top political posts during the May elections next year.
    Two rivals in the 2019 elections for the congressional post here filed their certificates of candidacies Thursday with the Commission on Elections at the Baguio Convention Center.
    Rep. Marquez Go who was the winner is seeking a third and final term as congressman. Former mayor Mauricio Domogan lost to Go for the congressional post last elections.
    Former congressman Nick Aliping is set to contest the congressional post against Go.
    This, while Domogan, also a former congressman filed for mayor. The latter spent 18 years as mayor, the longest year of service since same position was made elective in 1960.
    Go cast his CoC together with wife Soledad and their eight children and three city council aspirants before noon.
    Domogan, a lawyer filed his candidacy with five of his city council bets including two incumbents.
    Domogan lorded over local politics not just in Baguio since his elevation to mayor in 1992.
    But in 2019, he suffered his only setback apparently ending a 31-year political career against Go.
    But Thursday, Domogan formalized his run for the mayorship three days before his 75th birthday.
    He arrived with his lineup of incumbent councilors Benny Bomogan and Vladimir Cayabas, his former assistant Ryan Mangusan and first timer Len Ortega.
    Mangusan placed 15th in the last election.
    Ortega is the mother of councilor Roberto Ortega, who reportedly decided to stay out of politics this time to concentrate on raising his children after a bout with Covid-19.
    The young Ortega replaced his father and namesake, who died in 2019, and won in the 2019 polls.
    Domogan is the first serious contender of incumbent mayor Benjamin Magalong who Monday filed his CoC Monday for his re-election and ending speculation that he will seek a seat in the Senate under his former boss in the Philippine National Police, Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
    Domogan filed under the Lakas – CMD party, the once formidable political party in the late 90s under then president Fidel Ramos.
    Magalong is with the National People’s Coalition, then the political party of Domogan’s long-time ally Bernardo Vergara, a former 4-term congressman and one time city mayor.
    Domogan came with his council bets dressed in white.
    As it stands, it will be Magalong against Domogan and former vice mayor Ed Bilog and the little known Jeffrey Pinic, who again filed his candidacy.
    Incumbent vice mayor Faustino Olowan and barangay council chair Michael Lawana are seeking the same post.
     Lawana is challenging again Olowan, who beat him handily in the last election.
    This while, former city council legislative staff Labio Calingayan is running for Congress.
    Go hopes to win in the May 9, 2022 election to finish what he vowed to accomplish in Congress which included expansion of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center from 800 bed capacity to 1,500; establish a school for higher learning for those who cannot afford to go to private colleges and establishment of the Baguio National Schools for Arts and Sports.
    Go said while the bills for such were passed in the Senate, there is not enough time in this Congress to get funding needed for said programs
    Go was in white along with former Timpuyog stalwart Betty Lourdes Tabanda and Philian Weygan-Alan both seeking a third and final term at the City Council.
    Tabanda lost once, in 2004, in her re-election bid for vice mayor against Reinaldo Bautista, Jr., who was later elevated as mayor when then elected mayor Braulio Yaranon was suspended due to the Jadewell issue.
    Music professor and tenor Glenn Gaerlan completes the troika with Go and under the Nationalista Party.
    Also dressed in white but did not file his CoC Thursday was Bilog, who was with his council aspirants including radio personality Ericson Ferrer.
    He was set to file his candidacy Friday but didn’t do so as of press time.
    Bilog, who will run for mayor and complete his failed 2019 bid, went to Manila after Go’s filing where he said he will get the endorsement of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas which is bannered by former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
    Bilog was the distant second in the mayoralty race in the last elections.
Aliping lost his bid for second term to Go after a group led by the late bishop Carlito Cenzon filed a writ of kalikasan with a local court, and was granted, for the then congressman’s construction of a private property at Mount Santo Tomas.
    Aliping, also a former Comelec official, said he was supposed to run for mayor but acceded to Domogan’s call that he instead seek the congressional seat formalizing their supposed AliDom (Aliping-Domogan) alliance that had been rumored extant since 2010.
    Seeking re-election for councilor and who have filed their CoCs were Isabelo Cosalan, Arthur Alad-iw and Mylen Yaranon of the Liberal Party and will run with their former colleague lawyer Jose Molintas and former secretary to the mayor Rudolfo Paraan.
    Nine other aspirants have already filed their candidacy including Pamela Carino Bomogao, sports coach Christian Villareal and Marlene de Castro, founder of the youth oriented organization Baguio Center for Young Adults.


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