BAGIUO CITY- Local candidates presented their platforms for the Pulse Check Forum at the Baguio Convention Center.
Aspirants for the city’s congressional and mayoralty positions have the chance to face each other in the forum and were randomly asked questions relative to the various issues and concerns besetting the city and their plans for the future of the city once elected by the people during the May 9, 2016 general automated elections.
The first set was the candidates for House Representative namely Nicasio Aliping Jr., Rudy Aspilan, Eduardo Duque, Marquez Go and Bernardo Vergara. Opening statements already made an impression for the public because of the different plans and platforms proposed by each of the candidates.
Aspilan, in his short introduction, said that the unity of the people will translate to solutions of the city’s pressing concerns while Duque said that he will push forprograms and projects that will address global warming considering that the climate of the city is getting warmer.
Go boasted that change could put an end to the city’s pressing problems while Vergara said that he was able to prove what he can do for the upliftment of the city when he served as city congressman and city mayor through the development of the city right after it was devastated during the July 1990 killer earthquake.
In the mayoralty race, retired Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Edliberto T. Claravall cited he wants to serve the city because it is his home, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said he will sustain his true public service and will continue exercising honesty and integrity for the love of the people, Guillermo Hernandez claimed he can also serve the city and will contribute solutions to the city’s problems while human rights lawyer Jose Molintas said that he can also serve the city even if his image has been allegedly tainted.
Local residents trooped to the Baguio Convention Center to listen to the response of their candidates to the questions that were raised but were only disappointed because most of them only issued motherhood statements without concrete actions to the questions that were asked them by the organizers.
By BREACH BELLE L. CHINAYO