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(UPDATE) Presidential bets for 2010 polls near 30—Comelec

Posted on: November 26, 2009

(UPDATE) Presidential bets for 2010 polls near 30—Comelec

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:53:00 11/25/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accepted 28 presidential candidates for the 2010 elections, two vice presidents and 17 senators, records from the law department showed.

On Wednesday, the legal department accepted the candidacies for president of Jose Voltaire Manadis, 60, a mining engineer from Quezon City; Rafael Clarete, 57, farmer and business man from General Santos City; and Hermogenes Martir, making the total candidates for presidency at 28.

Also on Wednesday, the Comelec accepted five more bids for the Senate, including that of 54-year-old incumbent Senator Manuel Lito Lapid; retired Philippine National Police (PNP) general Romeo Maganto, 61, who now resides at Bulacan.

Other senatorial bids accepted include Rummel Pinera, 41, an entrepreneur from Laguna; Rebecca Santosidad, an independent candidate and Arman Manahan, 30, a barber from Cavite.

Early bids
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. Friday.

More known candidates who filed candidacies for president include lawyer Oliver Lozano, 69, of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, who filed a petition before Comelec to disqualify former president Joseph Estrada from seeking re-election as president; and Olongapo city councilor John Carlos “JC” Delos Reyes of Ang Kapatiran Party, who is also the nephew of Senator Richard Gordon.

Other candidates for president whose candidacy were accepted on November 20 are: Gilbert Garcia, a quantum physics instructor from Biñan, Laguna; Wendell Hanopol Lope, 34, a taxi driver who claimed he was cheated in the 2004 presidential elections; Vicente Fabella, 46, businessman of Oriental Mindoro; masseuse Josefina Murillo, 56, from Quezon City; Peter Peligrino, 70, a retired teacher; Carmelo Carreon, 63, an insurance agent; 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; Eduardo Fernandez, 58, businessman; Noel Aguirre, a former overseas Filipino worker from Jeddah.

Valeriano Reloj, 48, lawyer from Manila; Enrique Sadiosa, 46, businessman from Camarines Sur; religious missionary Maria Magdalena Apura, 81, from Cavite; Simeon Paz Jr., 69, preacher from Pillila, Riza; Marcelino Donato Bhen Navarro, 52, herbalist from Vigan; David Alimorong, 70, retired soldier and entrepreneur from Antipolo Rizal; Gregorio Canlas Samia, 61, who earned the moniker “Manok” for imitating the coos of rooster; Nancy Megio, 44, housewife from Tanauan Batangas; Orlando Abitona, 71, from Cainta, Rizal;

Alicman Usodan Ali, 38, a businessman from Manila, was first to have his candidacy for vice president approved on Sunday afternoon. He was followed by Dominador Chipeco Jr., 66, who is running under Ang Kapatiran Party on Monday.

Meanwhile, Victorino Inte, 55, a political science graduate from Loboc, Bohol, was the first to file his CoC for senator and was approved, followed by Micomi-i La-Lawquero, who claimed to be Metro Manila’s House representative and a majority floor leader from 2007 to 2008 and Eduardo Sion, 67, who claimed to be nominated by Senior Nazareno party.

Comelec also approved seven senatorial bets running under Ang Kapatiran party, which include social scientist and consultant Rizalito David, lawyer Jo Aurea Imbong, professor Zosimo Jesus Paredes, journalist and consumer advocate Adrian Sison, councilor and professor Reginald Tamayo, Hector Tarrazona and former UN executive Manuel Valdehuesa Jr.

Other senatorial bids accepted by the legal department came from: Aeric Bernandino. 44, civil engineer, from Novaliches; Alex Poyatos, 60, banker from Nueva Vizcaya; Rogelio Poblete, 70, businessman from Manila.

Candidacies for local and national positions may be filed until 12 midnight of December 1.


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