A 60-year-old farmer, who has run twice as governor in North Cotabato, four times as board member in the province’s second legislative district, first time as village chair here, was the first to file his certificate of candidacy (CoC) at the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), this city.
Manuel Adajar, who claimed to be the ‘defender’ of farmers in Kidapawan City, arrived at the Comelec office along Lopez Street here, past 30 minutes after the CoC filing formally started.
Adajar said he started running in 1995.
He believed that he lost in the past elections because he lacks resources, including campaign money.
“But in the hearts of the many, farmers in the city and in the province, I was their choice. I lost because I don’t have money,” said Adajar.
When asked if Adajar is considered a ‘nuisance’ candidate, city election registrar Diosdado Javier said, “He’s not.”
“The city has only 40 barangays. Most of the barangays have paved roads. He can campaign by walking, riding on the bike or on a motorcycle in going to these barangays. I don’t think he’s a nuisance candidate even if he has run but lost several times in the past,” said Javier.
After Adajar, no candidate for the mayoral post has followed.
Javier said he expects candidates, especially those with party nominations, will file their CoCs anytime after the first day.
“But I’m reminding the candidates there’s no midnight CoC filing. If at 5 p.m., on Friday, these candidates fail to file their CoCs, there’ll be no extension because we would already close our official record book,” said Javier.
Meanwhile, Cotabato Governor Lala Mendoza declared her re-election bid in 2013 polls.
Mendoza, however, did not elaborate as to who would be her running mate.
Mendoza was guest speaker during the 60th founding anniversary of the University of Southern Mindanao, Southwest Mindanao’s premier state university.
Also, Cotabato 2nd district Representative Nancy Catamco, during a press briefing here, Monday, has declared her re-election bid.