Several well-known politicians trooped to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila on Wednesday to file their respective Certificates of Candidacy (CoC) for national positions, namely, vice-presidential and senatorial posts.
Vice-Presidential aspirant, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV officially filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) on Wednesday at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila.
The lawmaker said he is offering his services to serve the country for another six years.
“Ako po kasama ang aming grupo ay nagaalok ng paninilbihan para sa bayan,” said Trillanes, who was accompanied by his group, Magdalo.
He noted that his group is supporting Senator Grace Poe, who is running for the presidential seat.
Likewise, former Pampanga governor Mark Lapid officially sealed his bid in the senatorial race for the May 2016 polls after filing his CoC.
The former local government official who is running under the Liberal Party (LP), was accompanied by his father Senator Lito Lapid and his wife actress Tanya Garcia.
Lapid said that his main concern in running for the position is to continue the reforms in tourism to provide more jobs and livelihood to Filipinos.
“Akin pong pormal na selyuhan ang aking kanditatura bilang senador under sa tuwid na daan ng ating Pangulo. Akin pong ipagpapatuloy ang reporma sa turismo dahil nandyan ang asensyo at nagbibigay trabaho at kabuhayan sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Another senatorial bet, resigned Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said he is running as an independent candidate.
“I’m running as an independent candidate and I hope to get the support of the all the people,” he said.
Tolentino is convinced that he has the confidence of President Aquino. “I think so. When I resigned, the president issued a statement expressing gratitude and full support and I expressed my gratitude likewise.”
Former lawmaker Juan Miguel Zubiri is also seeking to return to the senate as he was inspired by recent surveys wherein he is included in the top 12 winnable candidates in the said position.
“Nagbigay po ito ng encouragement at inspirasyon sa akin na subukang muli na magsilbi sa ating mga kababayan,” said the former senator, who was accompanied by his wife Audrey.
For her part, Risa Hontiveros, who is also running in the senatorial race, noted that she was inspired to run by the epic fights of Gilas Pilipinas, the country’s national basketball team
“Hindi bago sa Pilipino ang mabibigat na laban. Mula sa mga sundalong nagtatanggol sa Spratlys hanggang Gilas Pilipinas, tayo ay lahi ng matatapang. Katulad nila, ako ay may pusong palaban, hindi umuurong kahit saan,” she added.
Movie actress Alma Moreno and Princess Jacel Kiram are running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to be part of the 12 senatorial posts.
Retired Police General Romeo Maganto and Atty. Harry Roque also filed their respective CoCs for senatorial seats.
Another LP candidate former Senator Francis Pangilinan, who came with his wife actress Sharon Cuneta and their children, also filed his CoC.
Meanwhile, the Comelec reported that as of 10:00 am, October 14, a total of 44 aspirants have filed for president, 10 for vice president and 44 for senators. PNA