The first phase of the 2022 Philippine Elections has begun with Certificates of Candidacy (COC) for national and local posts formally closed as of October 8. 

On October 1, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) opened the filing of Certificates of Candidacy at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, of which the period of filing lasted for a week.

Filipinos had a glimpse of possible candidates for the Presidential, Vice-Presidential, and Senate offices. Let us now take a look at these electoral hopefuls.

Filing for President

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno along with Senators Manny Pacquiao and Ping Lacson are among the aspirants that have filed their Presidential COCs.

Former Senator “Bongbong” Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., will face Vice President Leni Robredo for the next presidential term. The pair had faced each other in the 2016 elections for Vice President after which Marcos protested the result of the race.

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa made a last-minute filing for the presidential post which was met by comments from CNN Philippines that he will let Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte run for president should she opt to become PDP-Laban’s standard-bearer.

Filing for Vice President

Running for Vice President next year include the following candidates: Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (running mate of Senator Ping Lacson), Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (running mate of Vice President Leni Robredo), Dr. Willie Ong (running mate of Mayor Isko Moreno), and Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza (running mate of Senator Manny Pacquiao)

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, formerly the Special Assistant to the President, has also filed his COC for the office of Vice President. Go was accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte during the senator’s filing in which the President also declared his retirement from politics.

Filing for the Senate

In the upcoming election, 176 candidates will compete for the 12 open seats in the 2022 Senate, including the following re-electionists: Senators Leila de Lima, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Risa Hontiveros, Joel Villanueva, and Juan Miguel Zubiri. 

Several former senators have also expressed a return to the Senate such as the following: Alan Peter Cayetano, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Jinggoy Estrada, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, and Antonio Trillanes IV. 

Other candidates for the Senate include the following: broadcaster Raffy Tulfo, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, and Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Mark Villar.

Opposition candidates have also joined the Senate race, such as former Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, veteran human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares.

Filing for Marikina Mayoral Race

Incumbent Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro has filed his Certificate of Candidacy to run for a third term. Having run unopposed during the 2019 Elections, Mayor Teodoro will now face Marikina 1st District Representative and former Marikina City Mayor Bayani Fernando next year.

Hope for the Future

Although many have filed their COCs for National and Local Positions, the COMELEC has yet to announce the final list of candidates.

With the current tally of 2022’s political candidates, Filipinos have plenty of time to decide who to vote for. As the Philippines enters election season, Filipinos will practice the skill of critical analysis in choosing the future leaders of the country. 

As Maristas, we should exercise our responsibility as Filipinos by being socially aware of what’s happening in our country. Not only can the upcoming elections open up opportunities for social change, but it can also benefit the whole country with competent and accountable leaders. Michaela Angela Divino

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