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Perlas, Lim on Comelec list of 2010 bets UPDATE

Posted on: January 14, 2010

Perlas, Lim on Comelec list of 2010 bets

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 10:11:00 01/14/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Politics

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 2) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday morning included two more candidates for president, Nicanor Perlas and Detaliano Acosta Jesus, and one for senator, former military officer Danilo Lim, in its list of official bets for the May national elections.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said the Comelec en banc thus resolved to grant the candidates’ separate appeals for inclusion in the May general elections.

The decision, Resolution 8714, came after the seven-member en banc reviewed about 100 motions for reconsideration and appeals regarding the list of eligible national candidates.

Perlas appealed to Comelec last December to include his name in the list of 2010 presidential candidates, insisting he “does not fit” the definition of a nuisance candidate because of his clear “vision, platform, and track record of service.”

Detained former military general Lim, who was escorted by the police to the Comelec, said he welcomed the ruling although he acknowledges the challenges he faces especially in campaigning.

“I knew that entering into this fight will not be easy. I did not suffer any illusion that there would be no opposition to my candidacy. But as we hurdled this obstacle, we have a long way to go to achieve our dream of serving this country. I am still detained but I rely on the truth to clear the way,” said Lim.

Candidates now included in the senatorial race include Nannete Espinosa, Adz Nikabulin and Emilio Osmena were also included in the senatorial list—bringing the total number of senatorial bets to 62.

Moreover, there are ten candidates for president and eight for vice president after the Comelec denied all appeals filed by 12 vice presidential bets.

Comelec also denied the oppositions and motions for reconsideration filed by lawyer Oliver T. Lozano and “spike-man” Ely Pamatong for president and local singer Anthony Castelo, among others.

Meanwhile, Comelec denied the oppositions and motions for reconsideration filed by lawyer Oliver T. Lozano and “spike-man” Ely Pamatong, among others.

Last December 15, the poll body through its Resolution 8713 listed eight eligible candidates each for president and vice president and 58 for senator out of the 99 candidacies who filed for president, 20 for vice president, and 158 for senator with the Comelec legal department from November 20 to December 1.

Presidential candidates who were earlier certified as qualified for the May national elections include: Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party (LP), Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan, Ma. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal who is running as an independent, and Manny Villar of Nacionalista Party (NP),

Former defense chief Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro who is running under Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats, former president Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), evangelist Eduardo Villanueva, and Olongapo city councilor John Carlos “JC” Delos Reyes of Ang Kapatiran Party, who is also a nephew of Gordon.

The eight qualified candidates for vice president are Senators Manuel “Mar” Roxas III of LP, Loren Legarda of NP, former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando under Bagumbayan, actor Edu Manzano of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, Makati city Mayor Jejomar Binay of PMP, former Security and Exchange Commission chairman Perfecto Yasay of Bangon Pilipinas, television news anchor Jay Sonza of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, and Dominador Chipeco of Ang Kapatiran.


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