By Ali G. Macabalang
NINETY SEVEN (97) personalities, including one from Lanao region, have filed candidacies for president and 28 for vice president, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Interviewed over radio dzBB on Oct. 17, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body will release the final list of candidates for the 2022 elections in December, hinting a possible exclusion from the list of 95 percent that may be considered nuisance candidates.
“We expect the final list’s release around December… Screening process is underway until that time,” Jimenez said in Filipino.
Not all who filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) will be included in the official list, he said, adding that 95% may be considered nuisance candidates by the Comelec and removed from the list.
“Unang tingin mo pa lang alam mong makakatanggal ka ng mga 95% (sa) mga nagfile. Siguro matitira sa atin hindi lalampas ng sampu,” he added, referring to the 97 Presidential wannabes.
Of the 97 Presidential aspirants, the Wikipedia cited top nine names – Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Ronaldo “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., former Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella, former Defense Sec. Norberto Gonzales, and labor leader Leody de Guzman.
Lanao region’s Faisal Mangondato filed his COC for president under Katipunan ng Kamalayang Kayumanggi on Oct. 4. He obtained 1,973,374 votes in the 2019 senatorial race, earning him a 33rd place.
In the roster of 28 VP aspirants, the Wikipedia mentioned top six names – Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Tito Sotto, former Manila Mayor and Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, and media physician personality Willie Ong, and former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello.
Others who filed COCs for VP post included another aspirant from the Lanao region – Abdullatief Pumbaya. (AGM)