2013 Election in Gensan City and South Cotabato

Nearly all aspiring politicians and incumbent local officials here and nearby provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani practically shunned the first day of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2013 midterm local and national elections.

Lawyer Jose Villanueva, city election officer, said not one of the local candidates who have either declared or were rumored to be running for various posts in next year’s polls showed up at the city election office to file a COC candidacies.

He said some supporters of local political groups came to their office but only to get copies of the CoC forms.

“So far, nobody has filed a CoC for any position. It’s quiet here all day,” Villanueva said a few minutes before the first day for the filing of the COCs closed down at 5 p.m. Monday.

Citing reports from local political groups, he said most candidates would likely file their CoCs on Friday, the last of the five-day filing of COCs set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In Sarangani province, only one candidate has so far filed a COC in Alabel town, local Comelec personnel said.

Sources said candidates under the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), the local political party headed by incumbent Rep. Emmanuel (Manny) Pacquiao, are reportedly filing their COCs at the Comelec provincial office in Alabel town on Tuesday.

But Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee said in a radio interview over the weekend that her husband, who is seeking reelection for the province’s lone congressional seat, will file his COC on Friday.

In South Cotabato, Comelec provincial supervisor Jay Gerada said only one candidate has so far filed his COC before their office closed down on Monday afternoon.

He said former Koronadal Mayor Fernando Miguel and several supporters came to his office without any fanfare to formalize his bid for governor.

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