Reelectionist councilor ‘Yayoy’ Alcoseba dies

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CEBU City Councilor and reelectionist Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the age of 71 years old.

Alcoseba’s son Ramonito posted on his Facebook account on Sunday, April 24 that the councilor, a former basketball coach, “passed away peacefully.”

“With deepest sorrow, the Alcoseba family announces the passing of Cebu City Councilor Raul ‘Yayoy’ D. Alcoseba who passed away peacefully on April 23, 2022,” said Ramonito.

As of press time, the cause of Alcoseba’s death has not been disclosed by his family.

According to the Secretariat of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cebu City, Alcoseba became a member of the 10th, 11th and 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod, from 2004 to 2013.

Alcoseba was elected again in 2019 to become one of the members of the 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod whose terms will end at noon on June 30.

During his stint as councilor, Alcoseba has sponsored a total of 34 ordinances in the city.

The late councilor had also served in the Cebu Provincial Government as a Board Member for the First District of Cebu from 2013 to 2016.

In 2016, Alcoseba tried his luck in Carcar City in southern Cebu when he ran for mayor against now-incumbent Mayor Nicepuro Apura.

However, Alcoseba only garnered 19,991 votes which were insufficient to beat Apura’s 33,372.

Alcoseba was seeking reelection as councilor of Cebu City’s Second District under the slate of Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan.

Under the rules of the Commission on Elections, a deceased candidate can be substituted by someone who has the same last name as the deceased.

Section 40 of Comelec resolution 10717 states: “The substitute for an aspirant or candidate who died or was disqualified by final judgment, may file a Certificate of Candidacy up to mid-day of election day; Provided that, the substitute and the substituted candidate have the same surnames.”

Before he entered politics, Alcoseba was a sportsman. He played for the varsity basketball team of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and later on coached several collegiate teams in Cebu, including University of Cebu, USJ-R and Southwestern University where he won multiple championships.

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