Sta. Cruz, Laguna: Ousted Laguna Gov. Jeorge “ER” Ejercito filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Monday.
Ejercito was unable to finish his term after the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualifying him for campaign overspending.
Ejercito, like his uncle Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, an actor-turned-politician filed his COC on Monday accompanied by his running mate, Calamba City Councilor Christian Lajara, under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
An independent candidate, Mateo San Sebastian, also filed his COC for governor. Ramil Hernandez, who assumed Laguna’s top post after Ejercito was disqualified, is expected to run for governor under the Nacionalista Party (NP).
In Calamba City, Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr. filed his COC as representative while his son Justin Mark Chipeco filed his COC for Calamba City mayor.
Benjamin Agarao Jr. filed his COC as representative in the fourth district.
In Biñan City, local aspirants attended a concelebrated Mass for an honest and free elections by about 20 priests at Alonte Sports Arena before filing their COCs. Most of those who came were supporters of outgoing Mayor Len Alonte—Naguiat, who is running for the newly created congressional district in the city.