'Kris Aquino' hubby, Philippine archipelago 'owner' seek Senate seat-A A +A
Monday, October 1, 2012
MANILA -- The husband of "Kris Aquino," the owner of the Philippine archipelago, and a senatorial wannabe who claims to be "most qualified" candidate were among the early birds who flocked to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday to file their certificates of candidacy (COC).
Daniel Magtira, who was third to file his COC, listed a "Kris Aquino" as his spouse. He did not say, however, if he was referring to the Queen of All Media and the sister of President Benigno Aquino III.
Under his occupation, Magtira said he is a contestant of TV5's reality talent search "Talentadong Pinoy."
Magtira also claims he is officially nominated by Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos, wife of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
Businessman Salam Lacan Luisong Tagean, 55, meanwhile, vowed to push for land reform, saying his family owns the Philippines, including the Panatag (Scarborough) shoal in the disputed islands of the West Philippine Sea.
"I am the legitimate owner of the whole archipelago," he told reporters.
The government, he added, does not have any reason not to provide land for the unprivileged because the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is safekeeping 400,000 metric tons of gold.
Merlito Lagata, the 18th person to file COC, is again seeking a Senate seat. He first tried his luck in the 1992 elections.
"Daig ko pa si Jose Rizal. Most qualified ako (I'm like national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. I'm most qualified)," Lagata said as he accused former Comelec officials of violating the Constitution for disqualifying him in the previous years.
Before he was interviewed by reporters, Lagata asked a television reporter for her hand in marriage and joked that he was a good kisser.
Marcos loyalist Oliver Lozano and broadcast journalist Melchor Chavez also filed their COCs and will run under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), the political party formed by the late strongman Marcos.
The period of filing of COCs is scheduled October 1 to 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)