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Unknown presidential bet withdraws from 2010 race

Posted on: November 26, 2009

Unknown presidential bet withdraws from 2010 race

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:15:00 11/26/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—A presidential bet from Iloilo withdrew his candidacy for presidency in the 2010 elections Thursday, said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) legal department.

Carmelo Mel Carreon, 63, an insurance agent filed his candidacy on the first day of November 20 withdrew his presidential bid to run as vice mayor in Iloilo City, where he claimed to be a popular figure.

To certify his withdrawal from the national race, he submitted an affidavit of withdrawal which state: “After listening to the advice of my colleagues, I realized I don’t have the financial capacity and manpower to launch a nationwide presidential campaign thus I am withdrawing my candidacy for presidency.”

Wearing a blue floral shirt with a stash bearing his name and a bag with the words: “Is Iloilo clean? United? All of the Above” Carreon said he will run for a local position for the seventh time since 1992.

“Let me use the quote of Nixon before: I will not run as long as the Kennedys are in the White House,” said Carreon.

“Natakot ako sa Panginoon at ilang beses na may death threat sa kin (I am afraid of God and the several death threats I have been receiving since I decided to run for president). Two nights ago I decided to run as vice mayor of Iloilo city because I am popular with the media there,” added Carreon, who said he would fly back to Iloilo immediately.

Prior to Carreon’s withdrawal, the Comelec has accepted the candidacy for president of Arthur Atienza, 63, businessman from Batangas.

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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