The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced that 20 Senatorial aspirants filed their respective Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) today – the first day of the filing period.
Incumbent Senator Aquilino Martin “Koko” de la Llana Pimentel was first to file, with his COC officially received by the COMELEC at exactly 8:08 AM.
He was followed by Independent candidates Anicio Escosura; Daniel Magtira; Aeric Bernardino; Melchor Chavez and Salam Tagean.
The first woman Senatorial aspirant to file her COC was Patrocino Cailing who declared that nobody nominated her and that her filing for candidacy was “voluntary.” Cailing filed her COC at 11:28 in the morning.
Next to file was Juanito Donato, a native of Pangasinan. He was followed by Lawyer Oliver Lozano who, along with Chavez, was officially nominated by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL).
Candidates under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) came in shortly after 1:00 PM. The UNA bets who filed their COCs were Juan Ponce Enrile Jr.; Gergorio Honasan; Juan Miguel Zubiri; Joseph Victor Ejercito; Ernesto Maceda; Richard Gordon; and Margarita Cojuanco.
The 18th candidate who filed his COC was Merlito Lagata, from Sorsogon.
Senator Loren Legarda came in at 3:50PM. She was nominated by the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC).
Remely Ajel of Isabela was last to file her COC.
The filing of COCs will run from October 1 – 5, 2012 during office hours (8:00 AM to 5:00PM). During this period voters’ registration is suspended. ###