By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Upon filing his certificate of candidacy, incumbent Caloocan City mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan promised to build more establishments and institutions for residents should he win his mayoralty bid.
“Marami na tayong nagawa sa loob ng limang tao at marami pa tayong magagawa (In five years, we have already done so much, and we can do much more),” he said.
Malapitan said one of his plans is to build another city jail to decongest the Caloocan City prison.
He also plans to renovate cemeteries in the city.
Malapitan disclosed that he plans to move the Hall of Justice to the northern part of Caloocan.
With all of these establishments and institutions, Malapitan hopes to provide more jobs for Caloocan City residents.
The city mayor filed his certificate of candidacy for his third and final term at the Caloocan City Commission on Elections (Comelec) 1st District office on Friday morning, October 12.
He was accompanied by Vice Mayor Maca Asistio; District 1 Councilors Dean Asistio, PJ Malonzo, Vincent Malapitan, Alou Nubla, Jay Africa, Karina Teh; and District 2 Councilors LA Asistio, Chito Abel, Rose Mercado, Obet Sanson, Doc Alex Aruelo, and Carding Bagus.
The mayor shared that earlier, he met with one of the former mayors of the city whose name he refused to disclose.
The former mayor praised him for his work and said he would not run against Malapitan.
When asked if he was expecting anyone to run against him, he said some “nuisance candidates” might.
Malapitan also promised there will be no violence during the election period.
“Sinisiguro ko, kahit na isa, walang masasaktan sa darating na halalan (I can assure you, no one will be hurt in the upcoming elections),” he said.
According to the mayor, about 3,000 supporters in orange shirts marched with him to the Comelec office to support him during his filing of COC.