Nine Fil-Cans run for Councillors, Trustees

Top News Jul 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm
ROWENA SANTOS Ward 1 & 5 - City Councillor, Brampton

ROWENA SANTOS
Ward 1 & 5 – City Councillor,
Brampton

October 22 Municipal Elections in Ontario

By Tony A.San Juan, OCT.

Nine courageous but ambitious Filipino Canadians have entered the political arena for the coming city civic elections in Ontario. The nine have declared their respective candidacies for civic positions  in the scheduled October 22, 2018 municipal elections in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. Comparatively, the number of candidates is fewer this time than in the 2014 election, as 14 FilCans ran for municipal posts then.

They are Benjamin Abis, Randy Bucao, Alex Chiu, Paulina Corpuz, Marlene Mogado, Miles Roque, Luz Del Rosario, Rowena Santos , and Garry Tanuan.  In terms of elective civic  posts, of the nine candidates, six are seeking for Councillor position and three are for School Board Trustees.  Thus, out of the “Lucky 9” politicians, three are reelectionists, four are new nominees while two are come-backing candidates.

LUZ DEL ROSARIO Ward 6 & 11 - Re-elect as Trustee for Dufferin Peel CDSB

LUZ DEL ROSARIO
Ward 6 & 11 – Re-elect as Trustee for Dufferin Peel CDSB

Meeting the challenges, Philippine-educated lawyer Benjamin Abis is vying for Trustee of Etobicoke’s Ward 1 of the Toronto Catholic District School Board- TCDSB.  Randolf “Randy Bucao, a Philippine-trained mechanical engineer and telecom cabling expert in Canada is seeking the Councilor position  for Toronto’s Ward 40 – Scarborough Centre area. Long-serving Councillor Alex Chiu is going for his 11th term as Markham alderman for Ward 8, while Paulina Corpuz has declared her candidacy for Councillor in Toronto’s Ward 39. Marlene Mogado, 3-term YCDSB Trustee is stepping up to the next level to become a city councillor for Markham’s Ward 5. Second generation FilCan Miles Roque is running for Ward 1 Councillor in the City of Mississauga. Twice-elected Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board Trustee Luz Del Rosario is going for her reelection in  Wards 6 and 11. A former Toronto Council  candidate in 2006, Rowena Santos  will do her best to bag the Wards 1 and 5 Councillor post in Brampton. After serving faithfully for almost two terms, Garry Tanuan is seeking reelection as TCDSB Trustee for Scarborough’s Ward  8.

MARLENE MOGADO Ward 5 - City Councillor, Markham

MARLENE MOGADO
Ward 5 – City Councillor,
Markham

In respect of political candidacy experience,  Bucao, Corpuz and Santos are taking their “second chances”….. with Randy Bucao as a former Council candidate for York Centre,  and Paulina  Corpuz for TCDSB trustee candidate in the 2014 municipal election and Rowena Santos for Toronto Councillor in 2006. This is the first attempt for Catholic community leader Ben Abis to get into school board politics while Roque and Mogado  are vying for Councillor for the first time too. Running for reelection are Markham Councillor Alex Chiu and  Dufferin and Toronto Catholic school board trustees Luz Del Rosario and Garry Tanuan, respectively.

These determined candidates have organized their own campaign teams and are still seeking for more volunteers . When asked, the  nine Pinoys  are hoping that if elected each of them pledge to uphold their political platform, goals and aspirations, to engage and advocate for local issues, and to serve as the relevant  voice for their respective constituencies as well as the long voiceless members of the ever- growing Filipino Canadian community.

ALEX CHIU Ward 8 -  City Councillor, Markham

ALEX CHIU
Ward 8 – City Councillor,
Markham

RANDY BUCAO Ward 40 - City Councillor, Toronto

MILES ROQUE Ward 1 – City Councillor, Mississauga

RANDY BUCAO Ward 40 - City Councillor, Toronto

RANDY BUCAO
Ward 40 – City Councillor,
Toronto