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Comelec OKs 14 presidential bets; 3 for Senate

Posted on: November 20, 2009

Comelec OKs 14 presidential bets; 3 for Senate

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 09:01:00 11/20/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 6) Over 20 aspirants for the presidency and the Senate have filed their certificates of candidacies (CoC), including a “messiah,” a quantum physics professor, and a retired general.

But only 14 CoCs for president and three for senator were accepted by the Commission on Elections Friday at the start of the filing of candidacies.

The qualified candidates for president are: lawyer Oliver Lozano, 69, of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan; Vetellano Acosta, 52, a financial consultant; Daniel Magtira, 49, a barangay (village) chairman in Tondo; retired teacher Ernesto Balite, 64, from Bulacan; Sultan Min Balad Villaflor, 52, from Negros Occidental; Wendell Hanopol Lope, 34, who claimed he was cheated in the 2004 elections; Gilbert Garcia, a quantum physics instructor from Biñan, Laguna; Vicente Fabella, 46, of Oriental Mindoro; Peter Peligrino, 70, a retired teacher; Carmelo Carreon, 63, an insurance agent, Eduardo Fernandez, 58, businessman; and Noel Aguirre, a former OFW from Jeddah and an advocate against corruption and for economic stability

Rigoberto Madera, who identified himself as a “Messiah” and a member of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, was the first prospective candidate for president that filed his CoC at 8:40 a.m..

Madera, who is nicknamed N.N.N. or Najananan (translated to “messiah”), claims to be a diamond general and commander-in-chief on earth.

The Comelec initially rejected Lozano’s bid because he filed his CoC through a representative, Mel Chavez, in violation of a poll resolution stating that the certificate must be filed by the candidate personally or by a duly authorized representative.

But after providing the pertinent documents, the Comelec accepted Lozano’s candidacy.

Fabella, who claimed to be a businessman, said only he could solve the country’s problems. “People can rely on me,” he said.

Asked what he would do if the Comelec would declare him a nuisance candidate, Fabella shrugged. “If that happens, the earth will swallow the Philippines,” he said.

Meanwhile, Victorino Inte, 55, a political science graduate from Loboc, Bohol, was the first to file his CoC for senator and was approved.

He was followed by Micomi-i La-Lawquero, with the stagename “Lotlot” and who claimed to be the National Capital Region’s House representative and a majority floor leader from 2007 to 2008.

Her CoC for senator, which indicates her residence at Pasay City, was approved after she returned with her complete requirements along with Josefino Morillo, a masseuse at West Avenue in Quezon City whose advocacy is education.

Comelec also received the senatorial bid of Eduardo Sion, 67, who claimed to be nominated by Senior Nazareno and hails from Davao City.

As of Friday noon, the Comelec secretariat also accepted the manifestation to participate the partylist system of representation or candidacies of Amin, Anak Mindanao-2, 1-Utak, Biyayang Bukid, Cibac, and Buhay.

Other aspirants for presidency who were rejected for lack of proper documents were David Almorong, 70, who claimed to be a retired general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Gregorio “Manok” Samia, 63, from San Fernando in Pampanga who said that “nature, not the people will support him in his candidacy;” and Manny Lopez, who was the presidential bet of People Power Party.

They were told to return after they have completed their requirements, said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.

Five days after the deadline of filing of CoCs on December 1, the Comelec will hold disqualification hearings to separate the nuisance candidates. By yearend, the Comelec will issue the certified list of candidates, added Jimenez.

A verified petition to declare a registered candidate as nuisance should be filed personally or through a duly authorized Comelec representative within five days after the filing of CoCs, said Comelec legal chief Rafanan.

“Comelec will accept all CoCs from candidates as long as they satisfy the minimum requirements. Five days after the deadline for CoC filing, we would conduct disqualification hearings for about two weeks to separate the nuisance from the serious candidates. Before the holiday season, we aim to release the certified list of candidates,” said Rafanan.

Comelec offices nationwide will accept the CoCs from prospective national candidates from November 20 to 30 between 8a.m. to 5p.m. and from 8a.m. to 12 midnight of December 1, he said.
With a report from Kristine Alave, Inquirer


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