Filing of candidacy for 2019 elections
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Vice President Leni Robredo says the 2019 polls will be tough for the opposition. "The President is still very popular, and the candidates that he will endorse would have... you know... would benefit from the president’s popularity. But we are hopeful that we will be able to... to win a number of seats—in the Senate, at least. We have— I’m not sure if you are familiar at all with the political landscape in the Philippines, but in the Philippines, political parties do not matter much. You belong to a political party, but then everyone switches political parties every election season," she says in the CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum & US-Philippines Strategic Initiative in Washington, D.C., United States. She says the opposition decided not to put up a full slate for the Senate as a strategy. "Instead of 12, we’re putting up only eight. And it’s a strategy. It’s a strategy that we’re doing. We decided to put up names of really, very good people, so that we could differentiate from the names put up by the administration."
October 17, 2018
The filing of COCs for next year's polls has ended at 5 p.m. today.
October 17, 2018
The candidate filing for the May 2019 elections continues today. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, three senatorial candidates have submitted their certicate of candidacy. These are: * Bong Revilla (represented by wife Lani Mercado) * Francis Tolentino * Jiggy Manicad The Comelec has earlier advised that there will be no extension of filing hours.
October 16, 2018
In an update into the apparently relaxed rules on the number of companions allowed when former presidential aide Bong Go filed his certificate of candidacy, Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez says not everyone in the crowd came with him. "There were reports of some of them having been part of the entourages of the other filers," Jimenez says, adding they had been "they had been milling around the lobby without leaving" when news came that President Rodrigo Duterte was going to the Comelec to show support for his aide. He says the others "sort of joined the rush to go up, so by the time they got here, there was a lot of them and it was hard to tell them apart."
October 16, 2018

Lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, son of the late Sen. Jose “Pepe” Diokno, who was jailed during Martial Law, has made official his Senate bid at the same time as late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' daughter, Imee.

When asked about the matter, Imee answered that she was unable to recognize Diokno.

"Sorry mahina mata ko, sorry," she said.

 

 

Diokno, meanwhile, said he would like to follow his father's footsteps in explaining his Senate bid. The De La Salle University College of Law founding dean was accompanied by former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te.

 

October 16, 2018

Former Sen. Pia Cayetano, who has campaigned for women's rights and an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, refuses to comment when asked about the chief executive's kissing of a Filipina overseas worker.

"[He] can defend himself. I am not his spokesperson," she says. When pushed about the matter, the senatorial aspirant says she would like to take a different question.

Duterte's kissing of the OFW was among his many actions and remarks deemed as anti-women that drew him flak. Cayetano has been slammed by feminist groups for enabling the president's misogyny. She had argued, however, that she discusses women's issues with Duterte.

October 16, 2018

The daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, has arrived at Comelec to file her COC for the Senate race.

October 15, 2018

Controversy again hounds Mocha Uson, this time due to the links of AA Kasosyo party-list, whose first nominee is her, to the P10 billion pork barrel scam.

News reports in 2013 cited Department of Budget and Management data which showed that AA Kasosyo party-list Rep. Nasser Pangandaman channeled in 2011 at least P15 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund to bogus non-government organization Kaupdanan para sa Mangunguma Foundation Inc., or KMFI, associated with alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

October 15, 2018

Pro-Duterte blogger and former Palace official Mocha Uson arrives at the Comelec to file her candidacy as representative of AA-Kasosyo party-list and not as senator as initially speculated.

 

October 15, 2018

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque drops his Senate bid but opts to run for Congress instead. He will be the first nominee of Luntian Pilipinas Party-list with Ciara Sotto, daughter of Senate President Tito Sotto, as second nominee.

October 15, 2018

Sen. Grace Poe, who in 2013 topped the senatorial race with 20,337,327 votes, has arrived at the Comelec to file her COC for re-election. 

October 15, 2018

Maguindanao Rep. Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu is second to file COC for senator today. He was accompanied by his brother Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu during the filing. ?

Mangudadatu, who is running under ruling PDP-Laban party, says President Rodrigo Duterte asked him to run to have a Muslim representation in the Senate.

He vowed to break barriers between Christians and Muslims if he wins a Senate seat.

 

 

October 15, 2018

Supporters wave red and white flags as the Magdalo party-list and its Rep. Gary Alejano, who will be gunning for a Senate seat, are set to file their COCs at the Comelec.

A statement from the party-list added that embattled Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV will also be in attendance. 

October 15, 2018

Sen. Cynthia Villar has arrived at the Comelec to file her certificate of candidacy for a second term at the Senate. Villar is accompanied by her husband, Manny Villar, a former Senate president and a business tycoon primarily engaged in property development. 

The senator has topped a September Social Weather Stations survey on senatorial candidates.

October 12, 2018

Day 2 of the filing of certificates of candidacy has ended. The Commission on Elections says only 10 senatorial candidates and 12 party-list groups have submitted their COCs on Friday.

So far, the following have filed their COCs to seek Senate seats.  

1. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (PDP-Laban) 

2. Ferdinand “Freddie” Aguilar (PDP-Laban) 

3. Victoriano Inte 

4. Willie Ong (Lakas CMD) 

5. Daniel Magtira 

6. Dionisio Manalo

7. Christian Abarrientos 

8. Salam E.D.E. Lacan Luisong Tagean 

9. Neri Colmenares (Makabayan) 

10. Melchor Chavez 

11. Ibrahim Albani 

12. Abner Afuang 

13. Robel dela Cruz

14. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis (Liberal Party) 

15. Carmelo Carreon 

16. Marvin Navarro 

17. Anson “Agi” Tuana 1

8. Ramon Raco Diaz 

19. Eleazar Salon 

20. Danilo Roleda (United Nationalist Alliance)

21. Rey Dapat 

22. Gerald Arcega 

23. Rolando Merano 

24. Eric Negapatan 

25. Vicente Raymund Avena 

26. Nur-Ana Sahidulla 

27. Antonio Valdes

28. Rowell Balangue

29. Nancy Binay (United Nationalist Alliance)

30. Valeriano Nocon III

31. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa (PDP-Laban)

32. Joel Lamoste

33. Ricky Bacolod

34. Cesar Roca

35. Nid Anima

36. Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon

37. Emelia Amantiad

October 12, 2018

As of 12 noon, four senatorial hopefuls have submitted their certificates of candidacy.

Here's a recap of candidates vying for senator since Day 1:

1. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (PDP-Laban) 

2. Ferdinand “Freddie” Aguilar (PDP-Laban) 

3. Victoriano Inte 

4. Willie Ong (Lakas CMD) 

5. Daniel Magtira 

6. Dionisio Manalo

7. Christian Abarrientos 

8. Salam E.D.E. Lacan Luisong Tagean 

9. Neri Colmenares (Makabayan) 

10. Melchor Chavez 

11. Ibrahim Albani 

12. Abner Afuang 

13. Robel dela Cruz

14. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis (Liberal Party) 

15. Carmelo Carreon 

16. Marvin Navarro 

17. Anson “Agi” Tuana 1

8. Ramon Raco Diaz 

19. Eleazar Salon 

20. Danilo Roleda (United Nationalist Alliance)

21. Rey Dapat 

22. Gerald Arcega 

23. Rolando Merano 

24. Eric Negapatan 

25. Vicente Raymund Avena 

26. Nur-Ana Sahidulla 

27. Antonio Valdes

28. Rowell Balangue

29. Nancy Binay (United Nationalist Alliance)

30. Valeriano Nocon III

31. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa (PDP-Laban)

October 12, 2018

On the second day of filing for candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections, more politicians and political aspirants flock to the Comelec main office.

Among the prominent figures who have submitted their certificates of candidacy include re-electionist Nancy Binay and Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, both aiming for Senate seat.

October 11, 2018

The Comelec says the first day of filing for candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections has been successful. 

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says at least 27 senatorial aspirants and 18 party-lists have submitted their certificates of candidacy. 

Here's a recap of senatorial hopefuls:

1. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (PDP-Laban) 

2. Ferdinand “Freddie” Aguilar (PDP-Laban) 

3. Victoriano Inte 

4. Willie Ong (Lakas CMD) 

5. Daniel Magtira 

6. Dionisio Manalo

7. Christian Abarrientos 

8. Salam E.D.E. Lacan Luisong Tagean 

9. Neri Colmenares (Makabayan) 

10. Melchor Chavez 

11. Ibrahim Albani 

12. Abner Afuang 

13. Robel dela Cruz

14. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis (Liberal Party) 

15. Carmelo Carreon 

16. Marvin Navarro 

17. Anson “Agi” Tuana 1

8. Ramon Raco Diaz 

19. Eleazar Salon 

20. Danilo Roleda (United Nationalist Alliance)

21. Rey Dapat 

22. Gerald Arcega 

23. Rolando Merano 

24. Eric Negapatan 

25. Vicente Raymund Avena 

26. Nur-Ana Sahidulla 

27. Antonio Valdes

October 11, 2018

More candidates show up at the Comelec main office to file their certificates of candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections.

Here's the list of candidates vying to become senators:

The Commission on Elections has started to accept the certificates of candidacy filed by senatorial and party-list aspirants who will run in next year’s midterm elections.

Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, a re-electionist, was the first to file his COC at the Comelec main office.

Other senatorial bets who submitted their COCs, as of this writing, include: 

  • Singer Freddie Aguilar
  • Former Health department consultant Willie Ong
  • Former Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares
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