Lt. Gov. Hocog, Rota Mayor Atalig file candidacies

2 other Rota Republicans, 1 Democrat also officially join race

Republicans Lt. Gov. Victor Borja Hocog and Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig filed yesterday morning their candidacies for Senate and for mayor, respectively.

At the same time, Rota Republicans Felix M. Santos and Glenn L. Maratita (R-Rota) filed their candidacies for Senate and House of Representatives respectively.

Felix Santos is a former Rota Department of Public Safety resident director. House floor leader Maratita is seeking re-election.

Rota Republican Party chair Laura I. Manglona accompanied the four candidates during the filing at the Commonwealth Election Commission at 8am.

Rota Republican Party chair Manglona and secretary Sandra M. Masga signed the certificate of nomination for the four candidates.

Three other independent candidates from Rota filed their candidacies last Monday, the first day of filing the nominating petitions and candidacy for the Nov. 6 general election.

They were Sen. Teresita A. Santos (R-Rota), Sen. Steve K. Mesngon (R-Rota), and former Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board member Albert A. Taitano.

Santos is seeking re-election, while Mesngon is running for mayor. Taitano is seeking a Senate seat.

It’s a crowded race on Rota. Seven are running for two positions at the Senate, five are battling for the mayoral seat, and three will be duking it out for a lone House post.

Of the 15 candidates, 11 are independents and four are Republicans, Saipan Tribune learned from sources on Rota.

Meanwhile, Glenn Hocog Manglona of the Democratic Party filed his candidacy for a House seat in precinct 1.

Precinct 1A to C cover San Antonio, San Vicente, and Koblerville.

Democratic Party chair Daniel O. Quitugua and secretary Jonathan P. Cabrera signed the nomination for Manglona.

CEC acting executive director Kayla S. Igitol said yesterday that the CEC board will hold a meeting tomorrow, Friday, at their conference room at 1pm.

Igitol said among the agenda will be the election of the board’s pro temp vice chair and the review of incomplete/problematic mail registration affidavits.

Igitol disclosed that 14 of the registration of affidavits that they received from off-island are either incomplete or have problematic issues.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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