Atienza as Vice President of Pacquiao, and more surprises on the first day of COC filing
MANILA, Philippines – The first day of filing Certificates of Nomination (COC) for the 2022 election was greeted with a number of surprises – from Senator Manny Pacquiao running for president under a political party different from Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza dropping off his COC as the boxing legend’s running mate.
Pacquiao was the first presidential contender to submit his COC on the first day of depositing certificates. Senator Panfilo Lacson and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno are other prominent politicians who have already announced their candidacy for the presidency.
Pacquiao, however, who recently announced his retirement from boxing, filed his COC under the Probinsiya Muna Development Initiative or the Promdi party and not under the ruling PDP-Laban.
While the Elections Commission (Comelec) has yet to decide which side to recognize for the ruling party, the faction led by Pacquiao has previously formed an alliance with the Promdi and the Champ du Peuple Movement.
Atienza, who was later revealed to be his vice-presidential running mate, joined Pacquiao to drop the COC into the Sofitel’s garden tent in Pasay City. Pacquiao said he chose Atienza as his running mate because of the congressman’s long years in public service.
In a surprising gesture, Quezon City Councilor Lala Sotto, daughter of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, also applied for a position in Congress. Sotto, along with former representative Nicanor Briones, have filed their COCs to represent the Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines, Inc.
Former Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo, on the other hand, filed a COC for the senator. He was one of the early risers who deposited the certificates.
Meanwhile, outside the Sofitel tent where Comelec organized the main COC depot, the representative of the 1st district of the city of Valenzuela, Wes Gatchalian and his brother, the mayor of the city of Valenzuela, Rex Gatchalian , sought to change positions for the 2022 elections. They filed their COCs at the National Capital Region office of Comelec.
In the regions, the mayor of the city of Narvacan, Luis “Chavit” Singson, will face his son Ryan in the race for vice-governor at Ilocos Sur.
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