The incumbent mayors of cities of Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Taguig formalized their bids for reelection on Friday, the last day or deadline set by the Commission on Elections to all candidates to file their Certificate of Candidacy for the May 9, 2016 elections.
Armed with a platform Good Governance along the Straight Path, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi of Muntinlupa filed his CoC along with other Liberal Party official candidates led by his running mate Celso Dioko.
“Together with my colleagues in the Liberal Party and to everyone who believes that transparency should be uphold in the local government, I will run for public office to deliver accountable, improved, and inclusive service,” said Fresnedi.
In Parañaque City, the political siblings of Mayor Edwin Olivarez and 1st district Rep. Eric Olivarez filed their CoC and seek another three years in office to continue the city government’s Eight Point Program in line with the “New Parañaque” platform initiated by their father former Mayor Dr. Pablo Olivarez, who is now the village chairman of Barangay San Dionisio.
Olivarez is reportedly running unopposed while former national security adviser and three-term city Rep. Roilo Golez will challenge Rep. Gustavo Tambunting in the race for the 2nd district’s congressional seat.
Barangay BF Homes chairman and actor Jeremy Marquez, eldest son of former mayor Joey Marquez, also filed his CoC to challenge the incumbent Vice Mayor Rico Golez.
Another actor, Jose Marie Yllana, is also running for councilor while acquitted murder suspect Hubert Webb, son of former congressman and senator Freddie Webb, will also try his luck for a seat in the city council.
Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano is also seeking another term. She was accompanied by her husband Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano when she filed her CoC at the Comelec local office in the city around 11 a.m.
Cayatano’s running mate Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz Jr. is also seeking another three-year term.
Two months ago, the Office of the Ombudsman indicted Mayor Cayetano for preventing councilors from holding regular legislative sessions by padlocking the council’s session hall in 2010.