November 20. The first day of the official filing of Certificates of Candidacy (CoC) for those running for elective positions in the 2010 National and Local Elections on May 10, 2010.
Seven presidential and three senatorial hopefuls were the first ones to file their CoC’s in the COMELEC Main Office in Manila, but they are not very well-known to the masses. Among them, the COMELEC approved all the Senatorial candidates, but only four candidates for President. One notable rejection was attorney Oliver Lozano, because his CoC was filed through his representative.
Over at the Liberal Party:
* Sens. Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas went to Isabela to recruit Governor Grace Padaca to be a member of the LP’s senatorial slate.
* In another update, former Sen. Serge Osmeña preferred to run for Senator as an independent, after leaving LP due to the party recruiting former Sen. Ralph Recto, who was a former administration ally.
At the Nacionalista Party:
* The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) has just formed a coalition with NP, citing both parties’ “advocacy of solving the social problems of the Philippines.” Rep. Bongbong Marcos (2nd District, Ilocos Norte) of KBL has also been added into NP’s Senatorial slate.
* Also, left-leaning party-lists are considering an alliance with NP as well, after the LP apparently denied its leaders slots in its Senatorial slate. Among them are Bayan Muna’s Satur Ocampo and Gabriela’s Lisa Maza.
* Allies of Sen. Manny Villar in the House of Representatives is pushing for a probe regarding Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s involvement in the SCTEX Road Project, alleging that one exit point leads to Hacienda Luisita, the Aquinos’ prperty. Earlier, 12 Senators have dismissed the probe of the C-5 Road Extension controversy.
* Next week, Sen. Chiz Escudero will formally announce his Vice Presidential bid. He will run as an independent.