Aquino, 45 others file presidential bid at Comelec
Posted November 29, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:10:00 11/28/2009
Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Inquirer Politics, Elections
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has received 46 certificates of candidacy for president, including the one filed by Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III Saturday, records from the legal department showed.
There are four nominations meanwhile for vice president and 61 for senator.
The Liberal Party, led by its standard bearer Aquino and running mate Senator Manuel Roxas III, was the first to file CoCs as a group.
Aquino said LP would “continue to fight for change” by eradicating corruption, creating jobs, and improving education, health, and judicial systems.
Senators running under the Liberal Party include former National Economic Development Authority chief Ralph Recto, Anakbayan Partylist Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, lawyer Nereus Acosta, Teofisto Guingona III, and Sonia Roco, wife of the late senator Raul Roco. Another senatorial candidate is retired Brigadier General Danilo Lim, 54, who filed his CoC on Friday.
Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late strongman Marcos, also filed his candidacy for senator—the first to file under the Nacionalista Party, which is reportedly filing its CoCs on November 30.
He said bearing the name of the late president Ferdinand Marcos has “proved beneficial” to his political career, adding that he was proud to be a Marcos as he denounced allegations his father’s authoritarian rule has been hounding him.
Others who filed their candidacies for president include political economist Felix Cantal, 60, under the Philippine Green Republican Party; business proprietor Mary Lou Estrada, 41, from Davao City; and Paulino Corpus, 50, from Zamboanga del Norte.
The Comelec also accepted the senatorial bids of businessman Thadeus Lorenzo Hernandez, 50; Rodolfo Casanova, 64, from Oriental Mindoro; Rosa Tubay, 63, government employee from Quezon City; Jaime Poliquit, 40, businessman from Metro Manila; Ignacio Gamboa, 54, from Quezon City; Roberto Reyes, 57, from Bohol who is more known by his stage name as “Amay Bisaya or Amay”; teacher Ricardo Cabantac, 40, from Quezon City; Agnes Afable, 40, businesswoman from Marikina; and Datu Mohammed Kudhar Kiram, 53, who now resides at Paranaque but is a registered overseas voter at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Based on previous filings of CoC, “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 Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.
Bets of other “more known” political parties that have not yet filed their candidacy include the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino of former president Joseph Estrada, who eyes presidential re-election; the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD party headed by former defense chief Gilbert Teodoro as standard bearer; the Nationalist People’s Coalition which has yet to announce its slate after prospective standard bearer Senator Francis Escudero declared he would not run as president; and the Nacionalista Party of Senator Manuel Villar, among others.
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.