By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .
Iligan City — The party of incumbent city mayor Celso Regencia will be running under the PDP-Laban. This was confirmed by City Information Officer Jose Pantoja yesterday.
Collectively called ‘Gareve,’ stands for Leony Roy Ga, Regencia, and Jemar Vera Cruz who are running for the posts of congressman, mayor, and vice mayor respectively. Ga used to be the police chief of this city.
Pantoja said the group took their oath before the party’s top officials, President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Aquilino Martin Pimentel. They also obtained their certificates of nomination, earlier, Pantoja added.
Those who are running for councilors’ seats are the following: Ian Uy, Ryan Ong, Belinda Lim, Sol Bacsarpa, Tata Tamula, Bernard Pacana, Rafael Benedictos, Mackie Macapagal, Jake Balanay, Noli Pardillo, Renato Ancis, and Demosthenes Plando.
Most of them are incumbents. Those who are not incumbents are Tamula, Macapagal, and Benedictos. Pacana was not with the party then but this time, he decided to join. Incumbent councilors Sammy Huertas and Eric Capitan was with this party then but decided to join the ticket of Frederick Siao, incumbent congressman of the city’s lone district.
Siao’s ticket had earlier filed their certificates of candidacy earlier, morning of Tuesday after hearing mass at a Chinese Catholic Church in Del Carmen after which they with all the funfare, proceeded to the Commission on Elections office at Palao to file their certificates.