Six well-known personalities in government, media and showbiz formalized their bid for a Senate seat on the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Friday at the Commission of Elections office in Intramuros.
Those who filed their COCs this morning include administration bets former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva.
Petilla said once elected, he would focus on improving the education, health and energy sectors while Villanueva vowed to advocate for jobs and quality technical education.
Dismissed Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas and media broadcaster Rey Langit also filed their COCs under the banner of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Napeñas said he decided to run as senator because of public clamor to provide justice to the victims of the Mamasapano incident where 44 SAF members were killed.
For his part, Langit said he would represent the media in Senate, as he vowed to focus on the programs for overseas Filipino workers, education and health.
TV host and actor Edu Manzano, former chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB), also filed his COC. Running as independent, Manzano was accompanied by his children during the filing.
If elected, Manzano said he would focus on tax reduction of individuals, increase revenue collection and improve the education system.
Lawyer Levi Baligod, the legal counsel for whistle-blower Benhur Luy, also filed his COC. He vowed to fight corruption once elected. PNA