MANILA -A younger sister of noted singer and former Camarines Sur Vice Gov. Imelda A. Papin is one of the 13 candidates vying for the six city council seats for the Novaliches area-fifth district of Quezon City in the coming mid-term local elections.
She is Aileen Arcilla Papin, an occupational therapist from the University of Perpetual Help and at present the president of Rotary Club District 3810 and a member of the Rotary Club of Quezon City District 3780.
If she gets elected on May 13, she would be pursuing projects that would promote and improve the welfare of the people in terms of education, health, housing, youth and women empowerment, and environmental protection, among other programs.
Papin is running under the ticket of Quezon City mayoralty candidate Vincent Bingbong Crisologo of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Crisologo, who is the outgoing congressman of QC District 1, is challenging the bid for the top QC elective post of outgoing Vice Mayor Josefina Joy Belmonte, daughter of former House Speaker and three-termer QC Mayor Feliciano Sonny Belmonte Jr.
Also running for the city mayor's post to be vacated by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista is former QC 5th District Rep. Chuck Mathay, son of the late Mayor Ismael A. Mathay Jr.
Running as Crisologo's vice mayor is former QC Councilor Jopet Sison, who is facing Councilor Gian Carlo Sotto, son of Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, and former Councilor Roderick Paulate.
Aside from Papin, also running as councilors for QC District 5 under the Crisologo ticket are television-radio broadcaster (on leave) Gani Oro, Abi Osorio Millar, Retchel Go, Manuel Pintado III, and Polly Yllana, brother of outgoing Councilor Anjo Yllana.
Former three-termer Kaligayahan Barangay Captain Rey Miranda is challenging the reelection bid of QC 5th District Rep. Alfred Vargas.
Of the 13 candidates for the six council seats of District 5, three are reelectionists, namely: Councilors Jose Visaya, Karl Castelo and Allan Francisco.
Outgoing Councilor Godofredo Liban II has put up his daughter, Shaira Liban, as his possible successor.
On the other hand, Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla, who is also completing her nine-year term on June 30, has fielded Ramon Medalla Jr. as her possible replacement.
Greater Fairview Barangay Captain (on leave) Jonel Lim Quebal is the lone independent candidate for councilor in the QC 5th district.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Office in QC said there were 11 candidates who filed their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the mayoral post last October, but one of them withdrew last December.
The seven others aspiring for the city's top post, aside from Belmonte, Crisologo and Mathay, are: Romeo Acebedo (Independent.); Esmeraldo Balosa (Ind.); Alex Lague (Philippine Green Republican Party); Emma Oro (Ind.); Andy Rosales (Ind.); Teodoro Rusios (Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan- Democratic Party of the Philippines); and Henry E. Samonte (Labor Party Philippines).
Aside from Sison, Sotto and Paulate, who are running for the city's second top post, the four others seeking the seat to be vacated by outgoing Vice Mayor Belmonte, are: Allan Bantilo (Kilusang Bagong Lipunan); Rolando Jota (LPP); Cinderella Ladisla (PDDS-DPP); and Jomer Sotto (Ind.). (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency