By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite — Local political bigwigs from the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP–Laban) and the opposition Liberal Party (LP) have joined forces for next year’s elections in a bid to deliver peace, development, and progress in this city.
On the first hour on Thursday morning (Oct. 11), most local candidates from the two political parties have altogether filed their certificates of candidacies (CoCs) under Team One Imus at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office beside the City Hall.
Team One Imus, a local political group created just before the presidential elections in 2016, was a brainchild of Third District (Imus) Representative Alex L. Advincula, with Mayor Emmamuel Leonard Maliksi also at the helm, to keep incumbents and new aspirants united and working for unity, peace and developments in the area.
“Team One is for all incumbents and aspiring ones, the veteran and young political leaders, and the constituents. The team is for unity, peace, performance and progress. The team will continue the programs and projects that had been started for the city and citizens,” said Advincula.
Advincula, Maliksi and the administration officials have formally opened altogether on Friday (Oct. 12) the new Ospital ng Imus, the city’s first public hospital, grandstand and sports oval and lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Government Center or City Hall on Pedro Reyes Street in Barangay Malagasang I-G.
The inauguration and blessing of the hospital, oval and grandstand and groundbreaking rites for the construction of the modern government center were timed for the Oct. 12 feast day of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar), the city’s queen patroness.
Advincula, who is on his second term as congressman, is a known peacemaker as he brokered for good relationship and camaraderie on some rifting big political families in Cavite province in the past.
Team One had won all the local slates in the 2016 elections, with Advincula running unopposed.
The group under the PDP-Laban is composed of Advincula, the titular head, incumbent Vice Mayor Arnel M. Catimbuhan and Councilors Raymond S. Arguelles, Vincent Paul L. Amposta, Lloyd Emman D. Jaro, Exequiel B. Ropeta Jr. and Edgardo T. Saquilayan, all running for reelection, Adrian Jay “AJ” C. Advincula, the son of the congressman; and incumbent Third District Board Member Larry Boy S. Nato, also a former city councilor who will vie for the council seat.
The LP group is composed of Maliksi, the titular head, who is seeking reelection for his third and final term this upcoming election, and incumbent Councilors Leonardo Antonio O.Deocadis, Darlon Jay S. Sayarot, Argel Joseph E. Reyes, also seeking reelection, and returning former Councilor Emilio Aguinaldo IV.
Colleagues said that there was no decision yet for Eunice C. Ferriol-Quizol, another Team One member, whether or not she would run for reelection on the same position.
The so-called “graduates”- members of the Advincula-and- Maliksi Team, having served the full three terms are Jeffrey V. Asistio, Dennis I. Lacson and Oscar B. de Quiroz. Asistio and Lacson said they will vie for the board member seats in the elections.
The Team One candidates, as well as their supporters were in jubilant and festive mood, as they took their turns in filing their CoCs.
At the national scene, the administration’s PDP-Laban and the opposition LP are the biggest parties that the electorate will watch, come campaign and election periods.
Peaceful elections seen
Imus Election Officer Jasmin Fernandez Gillera said that she sees the 12 One Team slate ticket to be completed, as well as the influx of independents and other candidates from other political parties, on the weekdays to October 17, the last CoC filing day.
Advincula, his son AJ and other PDP-Laban candidates will file their CoCs on the 15th.
Gillera said with the political developments now and then in the city, she also sees the campaign and the set May 13, 2019 elections to be peaceful, happy and friendly for all the candidates and their supporters.”
“With the political developments in Imus, the campaign and election periods will most likely be peaceful and friendly as we see the candidates have unity, peace and progress in their minds and hearts. I don’t see any threats or the need to place Imus under election hot spot or area of concern,” Gillera told this reporter. (Anthony Giron)