November 24. Day Five 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.
After weeks of surprises and speculations, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero decided to withdraw his bid for the Presidency and ditched plans to run for any position in the 2010 Elections. Escudero opted to be just an ordinary voter and observer, and finish his term as Senator in 2013 (he was elected three years ago).
The Stand condemns what happened at Maguindanao yesterday afternoon, wherein more than 30 people were massacred as the family of Buluan Vice Mayor Toto Mangudadatu filed his CoC for Governor of Maguindanao, together with friends and journalists.
The Ampatuans, the Mangudadatus’ political rival family, were mentioned by survivors as the ones who ordered and perpetrated the massacre. This is the first reported election-related violence, and it should be noted that the 2010 Elections is six months away.
The Ampatuans are a “force to be reckoned with” in Maguindanao. In my opinion, this is the most extreme case of political dynasty, powertripping and political bullying I have ever read since the end of Martial Law.
The Ang Kapatiran Party ticket filed their CoC’s yesterday. For President is John Carlos “JC” delos Reyes (Sen. Richard Gordon’s nephew). His running-mate is lawyer Dominador Chipeco, Jr. The party has seven Senatorial candidates.
Meanwhile, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is supporting a bill providing an extension of the 90-day campaign period currently implemented during elections.
I am in favor of lengthening the campaign period especially for the newcomers. They need a longer time to visit towns and cities all over the country. The 90-day campaign period is too short. If you cover five towns everyday, it is already taxing for you.
– Juan Ponce Enrile
At a forum held in the Manila Hotel yesterday, former President Joseph Estrada and former DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane faced off and traded blows. Both Estrada and Ebdane are running for President in 2010.
After allying himself with the Nacionalista Party, Rep. Bongbong Marcos was ousted from the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, the party Bongbong’s father, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, established. Bongbong Marcos will be a member of the NP’s Senatorial slate.
In connection with this, leftist congressmen chose not to join NP’s Senatorial slate and withdrew their support for Villar altogether. Bayan Muna’s Satur Ocampo and Gabriela’s Lisa Maza opted to be independent Senatorial candidates upon the inclusion of Marcos in the slate.