More aspirants for nat’l positions troop to Sofitel

October 3, 2021 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 223 views

MORE aspirants for various national posts yesterday trooped to the Harbor Garden Tent inside the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City to file their certificates of candidacy for the May 9, 2022 presidential elections on Day 3 of the period for filing.

As of press time, the Commission on Elections said former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and 11 others formally filed their COCs for president, senator and party-list.

Tiburcio Marcos filed a COC for president; while Estrada, Najar “Jinggoy Adang” Salih, and Luz Aquino filed for senator.

Party-list groups that submitted COC’s were ABONO, 1-UTAP, VOICE Philippines, MANIBELA, PATROL, 1A SECAP, ACT ONE and Ilocano Defenders.

Last Saturday, 16 aspirants for national polls file COCs on the second day of filing.

The Comelec said one filed his candidacy for president, one for vice president, and five for senators. Nine party lists filed their COCs.

Victoriano Inte, a barangay staff in Pasay City, was the sole presidential aspirant, while Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, in a surprise move, filed his certificate of candidacy for vice president.

Those who filed their COCs for a senatorial seat included detained Kapa Community Ministry International founder Pastor Joel Apolinario, which he did through his representatives.

Apolinario was followed by broadcaster Raffy Tulfo, who said he would run as an independent to keep his loyalty to the Filipino people and not to any politician.

Seeking a comeback in the Senate, former Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito also filed his COC.

Independent candidates Loreto “St. Loreto” Banosan and Rodelo Pidoy also filed their COCs for senator.

Meanwhile, party-lists APEC, Philreca, Recoboda, Ako Padayon, Abang Lingkod, PNPRA, PDP-Cares, Ang Kabuhayan, and Bagong Henerasyon filed COCs.

The application of party-list Lingkod Bayanihan was rejected as they were unable to completely fill out their COCs.