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Osmena III files senatorial bid at Comelec

Posted on: November 26, 2009

Osmena III files senatorial bid at Comelec

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:22:00 11/26/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) accepted the certificate of candidacy for senator of Serge Osmena III Thursday, according to the agency’s legal department.

Osmena, who was previously allied with PDP-Laban and then the Liberal Party, said he will run as independent so he “is not tied to any party or group.”

“Mahirap na. Independent ako para hindi nakatali sa isang grupo,” he said.

Osmena, who is the 19th prospective senatorial candidate for 2010, said he was courted by former President Joseph Estrada to join the senatorial slate of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and the Nacionalista Party of Manny Villar but he declined both offers.

He said he plans to support the presidential bid of Senator Noynoy Aquino, who is declared the standard bearer of Liberal Party and it would be unfair to the other parties’ standard bearers.

Asked why he did not join the senatorial slate of the Liberal Party, he said there was a “difference in ideology” and that he does not approve of the party’s recruitment of traditional politicians from other camps.

“LP might fall short of the promise for ushering new politics for change if they don’t limit the recruitment of trapos [traditional politicians] from other parties. But I would still support Noynoy for president,” said Osmena.

“Based on my 12 years at the Senate, I would still support bills for job creation, limited taxation, and the budget. It is up to the people to judge my performance as a public official and to support me in 2010,” said Osmena.

Osmena was accompanied by his wife Bettina Lopez Osmena, who was wearing a yellow shirt.

Also on Monday, 63-year-old Carmelo Carreon withdrew his candidacy for presidency to run as vice mayor in Iloilo City while businessman Arthur Atienza, 63, filed his candidacy for president.

Since Friday, the Comelec legal department has accepted candidacies of 28 candidates for president, two for vice president and 18 for senator.


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