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CAIBIRAN, Biliran – Two (2) candidates of The National People’s Coalition in the Municipality of Caibiran have withdrawn their candidacy for Town Councilor to give way to its younger generation members who are aiming to become effective leaders of the town.
Headed by its aspiring Mayor and former Councilor Edwin Pantas, the son of the late and Former Vice-Mayor of Caibiran, Juvencio Pantas, the coalition believes that Caibiran needs new young leaders that will shape the town into becoming a progressive, sustainable, and model town in Biliran Province.
“It is about time that Caibiranhons vote for leaders who have the heart to serve Caibiran first before anyone,” Pantas said. According to him, Caibiran need young people to bring to the table their visions and mission for the town.
The 2 candidates who filed their candidacy in October and have withdrawn this November and December were former Town Councilor Gil Mocorro Sr. and Elprecio Gaza. They were substituted by Jessica Vermug, and Cherryl Mocorro. The 2 new candidates, both in their 30s, studied at the University of Santo Tomas, and Our Lady of Fatima University in Metro Manila respectively. They are alumni of Manlabang National High School (MNHS) in Caibiran, graduating with Honors in their respective classes. Both young candidates announced their candidacy days before the deadline of the substitution of candidates for political parties with candidates withdrawing from the election poll.
“Pagod na tayo sa mga tradisyonal na politiko (TraPo). Sana bigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang mga baguhan nating kandidato. Yong mga kandidatong alam nating walang bahid ng pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan at hindi bumibili ng boto para maluklok sa pwesto. Yong mga kandidatong handang magbusisi kung saan napupunta ang pondo ng bayan at kung anung programa at proyekto ang kailangan. Kung may mga younger Councilors, at mga babae like CheChe and Jessica, magandang kumbinasyon ito sa local government of Caibiran,” the Coalition said in their statement.
Other candidates for Councilor of the opposition include Clothilda Maderazo, Eusebio Ponferrada, and Salvador ‘Intoy’ Rosaupan. Gracia Baribe is the coalition’s candidate for Vice-Mayor.
The substitution after the withdrawals of the two (2) candidates of The National People’s Coalition is in accordance with the rules of the Commission on Election Resolution No. 9984 Section 19, which states that any withdrawal of candidate can be substituted by another candidate provided that the new candidate (substitute) is nominated by the political party or coalition by December 10, 2015. No substitution is allowed for Independent candidate.