MANILA, Feb. 15 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Monday the names of the official candidates for national positions in the May elections.
In a memorandum issued Monday, the Comelec Law Department released the certified list of candidates of those running for the presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial and party-list positions.
A total of six candidates are gunning for president, namely, Jejomar “Jojo” Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA); Miriam Defensor Santiago of the People’s Reform Party (PRP); Rodrigo Duterte of PDP-Laban; Grace Poe, an Independent (IND); Manuel “Mar” Roxas II of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), and Roy Seneres of the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka Workers and Peasant Party (PMMWPP).
Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said the name of Seneres was included in the list as they have receive notices from the latter’s family and party that they were looking to replace or substitute the late legislator.
There are also six vice-presidential bets they are Alan Peter Cayetano, Independent; Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero, Independent; Gringo Honasan of UNA; Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Independent; Leni Robredo, LP; and Antonio Trillanes IV, IND.
A total of 50 candidates are vying for the 12 senatorial seats, namely: Sharif Albani (Independent); Aldin Ali (PMMWPP); Raffy Alunan (Independent); Ina Ambolodto (LP); Godofredo Urquiza (Independent); Levito Baligod (Independent); Greco Belgica (Independent); Walden Bello (Independent); Sandra Cam (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino); Mel Chavez (PMMWPP);
Neri Colmenares (MKBYAN); Leila De Lima (LP); Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso (PMP); Ray Dorona (Independent); Frank Drilon (LP); Larry Gadon (Kilusan ng Bagong Lipunan); Win Gatchalian (National People’s Coalition);
Dick Gordon (Independent); TG Guinggona (LP); Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan); Eid Kabalu (Independent); Atty. Lorna Kapunan (AKSYON); Princess Jacel Kiram (United Nationalist Alliance); Alma Moreno Lacsamana (UNA); Panfilo Ping Lacson (Independent); Rey Langit (UNA); Mark Lapid (AKSYON);
Dante Liban (Independent); Romeo Maganto (LAKAS); Edu Manzano (Independent); Allan Montano (UNA); Mon Montaño (Independent); Getulio Napeñas (UNA); Susan Ople (Nacionalista Party) Sergio Osmeña III (Independent); Manny Pacquiao (UNA); Coop Paez (Independent); Samuel Pagdilao (Independent); and
Jovito Palparan Jr. (Independent); Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan (LP); Carlos Jericho Petilla (LP); Ralph Recto (LP); Martin Romualdez (LAKAS); Roman Romulo (Independent); Dionisio Santiago (Independent); Vicente Sotto (NPC); Francis Tolentino (Independent); Diosdado Valeroso (Independent); Joel Villanueva (LP); Migz Zubiri (Independent).
The party-list groups include AGRIAgri-Agra Na Reporma Para Sa Magsasaka Ng Pilipinas Movement (Agri);Academicians, Students and Educators Alliance, Inc. (ASEAN, INC); Movement for Economic Transformation and Righteous Opportunities (METRO); Tribal Communities Association of the Philippines (TRICAP); Abang Lingkod, Inc. (ABANG LINGKOD); Democratic Independent Workers Association, Inc. (DIWA);
Akbay Kalusugan Inc. (AKIN); Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP);Serbisyo sa Bayan Party (SBP); Association for Development Dedicated To Agriculture and Fisheries, Inc. (ADDA); anti-War/Anti-Terror Mindanao Peace Movement (AWAT MINDANAO); Alagaan Natin Kalusugan (ANAKALUSUGAN); Central Luzon Alliance for Socialized Education (CLASE);
Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party (AKBAYAN); Alliance of Philippine Fishing Federation, Inc. (ALL-FISH); Ako Bicol Political Party (AKO BICOL); Sinag Tungo sa Kaunlaran (SINAG); 1-Abilidad (1-ABILIDAD);Global Workers and Family Federation, Inc. (GLOBAL); Una ang Edukasyon (1-ANG EDUKASYON); Cooperative Natco Network Party (COOP-NATCCO); Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation, Inc. (ALAY BUHAY);
Anak Central Party (ACP); Guardians RepublicanInternational Inc. (GUARDIANS BROTHERHOOD); One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals (1PACMAN); Movement of Women for Change and Reform (MELCHORA); (One Advocacy for Health Progress and Opportunity (1-AHAPO); Tingog Sinirangan (TINGOG SINIRANGAN); Partido Ng Bayan Ang Bida (PBB); Kabalikat ng Mamamayan (KABAYAN);Act Teachers Party-List (ACT TEACHERS); Ang Kabuhayan (ANG KABUHAYAN); Kaisahan Ng Mga Maliliit Na Magsasaka (KMM);
You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP); Tanggol Maralita (TAMA);Gabriela Women’s Party (GABRIELA); Sanlakas (SANLAKAS); Abakada-Guro (ABAKADA); Arts Business and Science Professionals (ABS); LPG Marketers Association, Inc. (LPGMA); Union of Nationalist Democratic Filipino Organization (UNIDO); Kilos Mamamayan Ngayon Na (KM NGAYON NA; Angkla Ang Partido ng Mga Pilipinong Marino, Inc.(ANGKLA); Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations of the Philippines (ALONA); Talino At Galing Pinoy (TGP);
Magdalo Para Sa Pilipino (Magdalo); OFW Family Club, Inc. (OFW FAMILY); Association of Laborers and Emploees (ALE); Ating Guro (ATING GURO); Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE); Advocacy and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms (A TEACHER); Anakpawis (ANAKPAWIS)Rebolusyonaryong Alyansa Makabansa (RAM);
Construction Workers’ Solidarity (CWS); Kabataan Party-List (Kabataan); Piston Land Transport Coalition, Inc. (PISTON); TradeUnion Congress Party (TUCP); Kalinga-Advocacy for Social Empowerment and Nation Building Through Easing Poverty, Inc. (KALINGA); Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan Ng Mga Obrero, Inc. (AASENSO);
Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma, Inc. (AAMBIS-OWA); Ako ang Bisaya (AAB); Abono Party-list (ABONO); Anak Mindanao Party-List (AMIN);Alyansa Ng Mga Haligi Ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para Sa Mamamayan, Inc. (AGHAM); Alliance For National Urban Poor Assembly, Inc.(ANUPA); Disabled Pilipinos With Disabilities (DISABLED/PWD);
Tinderong Pinoy Party (TINDERONG PINOY);(Confederation of Non-Stock Savings and Loan Associations, Inc. (CONSLA); Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens In The Philippines (SENIOR CITIZENS); Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos Ang Their Families (MIGRANTE);
Association Of Marine Officer and Ratings, Inc. (AMOR SEAMAN);Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC); National Confederation of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (NACTODAP); Ang Tao Muna at Bayan (A TAMBAY); Barangay Nation (BANAT); Ugnayan Ng Maralita Laban Sa Kahirapan (UMALAB KA); Abyan Ilonggo (AI); An Waray (AN WARAY);
Kusug Tausog (KUSUG TAUSUG); Ang Nars, Inc. (ANG NARS); Bayan Muna (BAYAN MUNA); Marino Samahan Ng Mga Seaman, Inc. (MARINO); Kasangga Sa Kaularan, Inc. (ANG KASANGGA); Kagapay sa Matanda (AMA); Kaagapay Ng Nagkakaisang Pilipinong Magsasaka/Kabuhayan at Kabahayan Ng Mga Magsasaka (KAP/KASA-KA); Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines (FICTAP);
Sandigan Ng Mga Manggagawa sa Konstruksion (SAMAKO); Acts Overseas Filipino Workers Coalition of Organizations (ACTS-OFW); Puwersa Ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA); Manila Teachers’ Savings and Loan Associations, Inc. (MANILA TEACHERS);Ang National Coalition ofIndigenous People’s Action Na (ANAC-IP);Abantee Retirees Party-List organization (ABANTE RETIREES PARTY-LIST ORGANIZATION); Butil Farmers Unity Party (BUTIL);
Kapatirang Magmamais Ng Pilipinas, Inc. (KAMAIS PILIPINAS); Adhikaing Tinataguyod ng Kooperatiba (ATING KOOP); Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support, Inc. (ACT-CIS); 1st Consumers Alliance For Rural Energy, Inc. (1-CARE); Ang Mata’y Alagaan (MATA); Dumper Philippines Taxi Drivers Association Inc. (DUMPER PTDA); Bagong Henerasyon (BH);
Partido Manggagawa (PM); Social Amelioration & Genuine Intervention On Poverty (1-SAGIP); Isang Pangarap Na Bahay Sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan, Inc. (1-PABAHAY); Cancer Alleviation Network On Care, Education and Rehabilitation, Inc. (CANCER); Mamamayan Tungo Sa Maunlad Na Pilipinas (MTM PHILS);
Isang Alyansang Aalalay Sa Pinoy Skilled Workers (1-AALALAY); Aaangat Tayo( ANGAT TAYO); Abante Mindanano, Inc. (ABAMIN); Ang Profile (ANG PROLIFE); Buhay Hayaan Yumabong(BUHAY) Append, Inc. (APPEND); Katipunan ng Mga Guardians Brotherhood, Inc. (KGB); Agbiag Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc. (AGBIAG!); Awareness of Keepers Of The Environment, Inc. (AWAKE); and Amepa OFW Access Center, Inc. (AMEPA OFW).