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Presidential candidates swell to 77 – Comelec

Posted on: December 2, 2009

Presidential candidates swell to 77 – Comelec

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 19:32:00 12/01/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines – On the eve of last day of filing for next year’s polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has received more than 70 certificates of candidacies for president in next year’s elections as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Records from the agency’s legal department showed it has accepted 77 candidacies for president, 14 for vice president and 124 for senator since November 20. Meanwhile, the Comelec Secretariat has accepted manifestations of intent from close to 300 party list groups to join next year’s polls.

Among those who filed Tuesday are Gilbert Teodoro and actor Edu Manzano who are running as president and vice president under Lakas-Kampi-CMD; Senator Richard Gordon and former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando under Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines; Senator Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal who is running as an independent campaign for president.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla also filed his reelection bid while singer Imelda Papin also made official her running for senator in the 2010 national polls.

Administration bets Teodoro and Manzano held a program with their supporters in front of the Comelec building in Intramuros prior to filing their candidacies in the morning. The party standard bearer said his group offers “total reform and continuation of programs under the proven leadership of Lakas-Kampi-CMD.”

Gordon and Fernando, who filed their bids in the afternoon, proved earlier reports that the two have teamed-up for next year’s elections. The tandem was formed only on Monday night, admitted Fernando, when he tried to persuade Gordon to get him as running mate.

Both are confident of launching a nationwide campaign and promise to usher “transformational politics” citing a strong track record of local leadership. Gordon was formerly in-charge of the Subic Bay Freeport while Fernando is the former mayor of Marikina City.

Running as an independent candidate, Madrigal said her bid exemplifies her principled leadership, a new type of politics that Filipinos should look for to rid the system of “trapos” or traditional politicians.

Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal noted this is the first time that the candidacies filed for presidency reached over 70 with more established political parties unable to submit a full senatorial slate to the Comelec.

“It seems that almost everyone wants to be the country’s next president given the number of presidential bids filed before the legal department. Safe to say that while we are mandated to accept as ministerial duty all the bids, the en banc has a mandate to include only qualified candidates in the official list (of 2010 candidates),” said Larrazabal.


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