December 1. The 12th and last 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. The COMELEC will accept CoC’s until 12:00 midnight.
The legal department of COMELEC reports that there are 77 candidates for President, 14 for Vice President, and 124 for Senator, plus around 300 manifestations of intent from party-list groups.
COMELEC Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal noted this is the first time that the candidacies filed for presidency reached over 70 with more established political parties unable to submit a full senatorial slate to the Comelec.
Former Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro, his running-mate Edu Manzano and the Senatorial slate of the ruling party have filed their respective COC’s at COMELEC today. The party fielded only five Senatorial candidates: Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Deputy Sec. Gen. Silvestre Bello III, broadcaster Rey Langit, League of Municipalities of the Philippines president Ramon Juico.
Meanwhile, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed her CoC for Congresswoman of the 2nd District of Pampanga. She will be the first President who after her term ran for a lower elective post.
Sen. Richard Gordon officially entered the Presidential Race, but he is not alone. MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando would be Gordon’s running-mate under the Bagumbayan Volunteers for a New Philippines Party.
These personalities filed their CoC’s for President today:
* businessman Mark “MJ” Jimenez
* Sen. Jamby Madrigal
For Vice President:
* broadcaster Jay Sonza [KBL]