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List of presidential aspirants surpass 40–Comelec

Posted on: November 27, 2009

List of presidential aspirants surpass 40–Comelec

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:50:00 11/27/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) legal department has accepted 43 candidacies for president, three for vice president and 35 for senator Friday, records showed.

Prominent personalities who filed their certificates of candidacy for senator include Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, 64; Retired Brigadier General Danilo Lim, 54; and for president, ex-nuisance candidate Ely ‘Spike man’ Pamatong, 66.

Aside from Pamatong, Comelec also accepted other candidacies for president, including that of Jose Isabelo Leuterio, 68, a civil engineer from Ozamis City; Norberto Mercado, 54, a provincial journalist from Tarlac; Jose Ocampo, 78, who claimed to be an economic scientist from Pampanga; Elias Dulalia, 65, businessman from Makati City; and Oscar Pusing, 57, from Ermita in Manila; Romeo Rodriguez, 52, engineer from Tarlac; and Victor Lawag, 58, self-employed from Tarlac.

Spiritual leader Fernand “Amang Fernandez, 88, who claims to be the standard bearer of Alpha Omega 9K Party, filed his candidacy for president along with his vice president, Leo Cadion, 43, businessman from Leyte and their senatorial slate.

The 12 senators running under Alpha Omega 9K Party include: Macario Bariaua, 50, of Cagayan; teacher Hernando Bruce, 48, from Albay; broker Glenn Hoff, 49, from Cavite; Joseph Angeles, 40, nurse from Rizal; Albert Umali, 66, businessman from Oriental Mindoro; Evelia Abarrondo, 53, from Quezon City; Ali Sharief, 63, who claimed to be a retired police officer; Maria Rosalie Secuya, 52, teacher from Las Piñas; Rodolfo Gaco Sr., from Makati City, Bernardo Baniqued, 49, sales agent from Laguna; Raymundo Limbre, 62, from Manila; Abas Brahim, 54, from Cotabato City in Maguindanao.

The group was followed by Julio Basaing, 51, coach from Baguio City, who also filed his candidacy for senator.

Prominent figures
Santiago said she accepted the offer of six parties, except Liberal Party, to a guest candidate for the senatorial at least six parties except the Liberal Party. She vowed to support the presidential candidate who will win next year but remained that her loyalty lies “with the Constitution.”

“I will not run as President but I will be supportive whoever wins as president. But my loyalty is with the Constitution,” said Santiago, who joined the presidential race in 1992 but lost to former president Fidel Ramos, who served until 1998.

Detained for coup charges, Lim was escorted by the police during the filing and vowed to eradicate the “violence of poverty” that hounds the daily lives of poor Filipinos.

“It is the violence of poverty that has caused Filipinos to lose hope. We need to give people jobs, especially those experiencing poverty,” said Lim, who will run as independent but was to be “adopted” by the Liberal Party.

Wearing black, Ely Pamatong filed his certificate of candidacy Friday, with his own group of supporters, the Philippine-USA Guerrilla.

Pamatong, who became more known not for his political ambition but for throwing metal spikes along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila that incurred the ire of motorists years ago, has been repeatedly declared a nuisance candidate by the Comelec.

Ministerial duty
Over 90 percent of the candidates for presidency are unknown to the masses but Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said this would not be a problem because the Comelec would hold hearings to determine those who are qualified.

He added that it is the “ministerial” duty of Comelec to accept all candidacies filed with the body during the set period.

“Comelec will accept all CoCs from candidates as long as they satisfy the minimum requirements. Then, we would hold hearings that may last for two weeks to separate the nuisance from the serious candidates, after which we would release the official list of candidates,” said Jimenez.

Based on previous filings of candidacy, “more established” candidates running under political parties submit their certificates of candidacy toward the end of the filing period, possibly due to party negotiations being finalized, said Jimenez.

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

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