November 26. Day Seven 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.
One presidential candidate has backed out of the race. Carmelo Carreon, a licensed insurance agent, apparently “was told by God to abandon his presidential plans.” Carreon instead would run for Vice Mayor of Iloilo City.
Meanwhile, former Senator Serge Osmeña III has filed his CoC today as an independent candidate. Osmeña was formerly a member of the PDP-Laban Party and then the Liberal Party.
As of 5:00 PM today, there are 28 candidates for President, two for Vice President and 18 for Senator.
The Supreme Court has ruled that infomercials made by prospective candidates running in the 2010 Elections and aired before the official campaign period are legal, as long as it shows only the personalities and capabilities of the candidates.
It should be remembered that as the name suggests, infomercials are commercials featuring information regarding a certain person or product.
As a result, the SC “decategorized” these infomercials as “premature campaigning”, voided Sec. 80 of the Omnibus Election Code, and considered those as “an exercise of the candidates’ freedom of expression”.
Any person who files his certificate of candidacy within [the official period of filing of certificates of candidacy] shall only be considered as a candidate at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.
– Section 13, Republic Act 9369 (Election Modernization Act)
The COMELEC is set to decide today whether or not to re-accredit the United Opposition (UNO) as a national political party coalition composed of the PDP-Laban and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMAP) parties.
Presidential aspirant Joseph Estrada is the president of PMAP, while his running-mate Jejomar Binay is the president of UNO.
A Congressman has stated that the withdrawal of Sen. Chiz Escudero from the Presidential Race benefits Sen. Noynoy Aquino, for the youth now prefer to associate themselves with Aquino than any other presidential candidate, now that Chiz is off the race.