CLOSE to 100 individuals are aspiring to become the next President of the Philippines.
Data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed a total of 97 certificates of candidacy (COCs) were filed for president.
Among the candidates are Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Panfilo Lacson, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Senator Ronald dela Rosa.
A total of 29 COCs for vice president were also filed, including Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, Senator Christopher Go, Dr. Willie Ong, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Francis Pangilinan.
There were 176 COCs filed for senator, including reelectionists Risa Hontiveros, Joel Villanueva, Miguel Zubiri, Sherwin Gatchalian, Leila de Lima and Richard Gordon.
Looking to make a comeback in the Senate are former senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV, Noli de Castro and Gregorio Honasan.
A total of 270 party-list organizations also filed their certificates of nomination and acceptance (Cona), including 1-Pacman, ACT-CIS, Gabriela, TGP, Senior Citizens, ACT Teachers, LPGMA, AnakPawis, Bayan Muna, TUCP, Kabataan, Ako Bicol, Akbayan, Anak Mindanao, Cibac and Duterte Youth.
For local positions, as of October 8 (12 noon), there were 466 who filed COCs for congressmen, 165 for governors, 135 for vice governors, 1,274 for provincial board members, 2,909 for mayors, 2,563 for vice mayors, and 23,565 for councilors.
In a virtual press briefing, Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas declared the success of the COC filing period, which ran from October 1 to 8.
"Despite the country being in the middle of a pandemic, we were able to successfully hold this activity nationwide," said Abas. (HDT / SunStar Philippines)