MANILA, Oct 15 (By Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA) — Majority of the senatorial candidates of the administration party, Liberal Party (LP) have already filed their Certificates of Candidacy (CoC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila.
Senatorial aspirants Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary for Muslim Affairs and special concerns Nariman Ambolodto, Coop-Natco Partylist Rep. Cresente Paez, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and reelectionist Teofisto “TG” Guingona III filed their CoCs on Thursday, the fourth-day of the filing period.
De Lima was accompanied by her mother while TG was with his wife and father, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona when they filed their CoCs Thursday afternoon.
The former Justice Secretary asked for the support of the electorate in her bid for a higher office.
“Kung pinagkatiwalaan ninyo ako noong ako ay pinuno ng Commission on Human Rights at kalihim ng Department of Justice ang panalangin ko po ay pagkatiwalaan pa rin ako ng taong bayan dito sa panibagong laban from point j to point s.
On the other hand, Guingona promised to guard government coffers. “Ituloy laban bantayan ang kaban ng bayan.”
The other LP bets that have submitted their CoC included former rehabilitation czar Panfilo “Ping” Lacson; former PhilHealth head Risa Hontiveros; Senate President Franklin Drilon; former food security adviser Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and re-electionist Ralph Recto.
The party’s two other senate bets, outgoing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director Joel Villanueva and former Energy secretary Jericho Petilla have yet to file their CoCs.
Meanwhile, jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam and lawyer Lorna Kapunan were among those who filed their CoCs seeking for senatorial seats on Thursday.
Cam is running under the Partido ng Masang Pilipino, while Kapunan is representing Aksyon Demokratiko, a party founded by late Sen. Raul Roco.