Ex-VPs Binay, De Castro join senatorial race

Robertzon Ramirez – The Philippine Star

October 8, 2021 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Two former vice presidents have thrown their hat within the race to the Senate yesterday, becoming a member of some acquainted names and returning personalities at Sofitel Harbor Tent in Pasay City on the seventh day of submitting the certificates of candidacy (COC).

Former vp Jejomar Binay filed his COC for senator, presenting himself as a frontrunner who intends to assist Filipinos he claims have been uncared for by the federal government through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We ought to work to rebuild our economic system in a means that places precedence on creating secure jobs. We ought to reform our well being care system. And the protection, welfare and well-being of the folks ought to all the time be our foremost concern,” Binay mentioned in an announcement.

Binay, as soon as tipped to grow to be president after a profitable transition to nationwide from native politics, has stepped again from the limelight after putting fourth within the 2016 presidential elections. In 2019, he ran however misplaced to former Makati mayor Romulo Peña for town’s first congressional district.

Another former vp, Noli De Castro, additionally intends to return to the Senate beneath Aksyon Demokratiko occasion of Manila Mayor and presidential aspirant Isko Moreno. De Castro served as senator from 2001 to 2004 and vp from 2004 to 2010.

“I’ll enterprise into a brand new sort of public service. This can be my probability to serve a wider viewers if I get elected together with your assist,” De Castro mentioned as he introduced his resignation from ABS-CBN yesterday to pursue a Senate bid.

De Castro joined Aksyon Demokratiko following an announcement from Moreno that he’ll signal a regulation renewing ABS-CBN’s franchise, if elected president.

De Castro joined fellow radio broadcaster and evaluation heart proprietor Carl Balita and civic chief Samira Gutoc within the slate of the occasion based by the late senator Raul Roco.

Former House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano signified his bid for one more Senate time period when he filed his COC yesterday, accompanied by spouse Taguig Rep. Lani Cayetano.

Former Bayan Muna consultant Neri Colmenares additionally filed his COC for senator, together with human rights lawyer Chel Diokno.

Former protection secretary Gilbert Teodoro – who’s operating beneath the People’s Reform Party of the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago – filed his COC by way of a licensed consultant as a result of he needed to isolate after testing constructive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, former senator JV Ejercito admitted he’s dealing with an “uphill battle” since his brother, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, can also be operating, which could divide their votes.

“Given the circumstance, it will actually be an uphill battle. But it’s not sibling rivalry. I’ve given this a lot thought as a result of with each of us operating, it is going to be 2019 another time. I’m simply hoping for a miracle,” Ejercito mentioned throughout an interview with ‘The Chiefs’ on One News.

Both brothers didn’t win a Senate seat in 2019, with Ejercito putting thirteenth and Estrada settling for fifteenth spot.

Comelec data confirmed 118 functions have been filed yesterday: 16 for aspiring presidents, seven for vp, 28 for senator and 67 CONAs (certificates of nomination and acceptance) for various party-list teams.

Trillanes to run for Senate

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday confirmed he’ll run for the Senate beneath the slate of Vice President Leni Robredo, who reportedly picked Liberal Party president and Sen. Francis Pangilinan as her operating mate.

Meanwhile, former senator Bam Aquino mentioned he won’t run for the Senate however confirmed he can be Robredo’s marketing campaign supervisor.

LP vp for inside affairs and former Ifugao consultant Teddy Baguilat confirmed he’ll run for senator and can file his COC right this moment.

Meanwhile, the camp of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones confirmed he’ll file his COC for senator right this moment beneath the ruling PDP-Laban.

Congressional races

In the native races, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez filed his COC on the Comelec provincial workplace in Tacloban City.

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., president of the National Unity Party, filed his COC for reelection as consultant of the lone district of Dasmariñas City.

Deputy Speakers Eric Martinez of Valenzuela City and Len Alonte of Biñan City, Laguna have additionally filed their COCs as they sought to be reelected for one more three-year time period.

In the party-list race, Jayke Joson, a long-time ally of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, filed his CONA as first nominee of Frontliners party-list. He was accompanied by newly topped Miss World Philippines Tracy Maureen Perez.

Rep. Sharon Garin of party-list AAMBIS-OWA (Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-OWA) additionally filed her CONA.

To keep away from getting denied, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded aspiring candidates for the May 2022 polls to submit full paperwork in the event that they intend to file their COC right this moment, the final day of submitting of candidacies. – Neil Jayson Servallos, Marc Jayson Cayabyab, Delon Porcalla, Janvic Mateo, Rhodina Villanueva, Cecille Suerte Felipe


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