The Manila Times : 18K positions up for grabs in May 2022 as CoC filing ends

9 October 2021

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times

A six-cornered fight for the presidency looms in the upcoming 2022 national and local elections as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ended on Friday the eight-day filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC) and certificates of nomination and acceptance (CONA).

After the close of the filing at 5 pm. yesterday, there were 51 aspirants for president.

Expected to slug it out for the presidency are Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquio, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, former senator Fedridnand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and Sen. Ronaldo "Bato" Dela Rosa.

There are nine candidates for vice-president. Among them are Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go, Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd, Dr. Willie Ong, and Sen. Francisco "Kiko" Pangilinan.

At stake in next year's polls are 18,100 positions - one each for president and vice president, senators, 12; party-list groups, 63; members of the House of Representatives, 253; governor, 81,; vice-governor, 81; Sangguniang Panlalawigan, 782; mayor, 1,634; vice mayor, 1,634; and Sangguniang Panlungsod/Bayan, 13,558.

After the close of the filing at 5 p.m. on Friday, a total of 9,525 aspirants filed their CoCs and CONAs for president, vice president, senator, party-list, governor, vice governor, mayor, vice mayor, provincial board members and members of the city/municipal councils.

For the 12 senatorial slots, there are 63 aspirants. Among them are reelectionist Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Leila de LIma, former Agriculture secretary Manny PInol, former senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, chief presidential legal adviser Salvador Panelo and former Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.

For the party-list group, 194 have filed their CONAs.

As of posting time filing of CoC for the national level - president, vice president, senator, party-list - is still ongoing. All aspirants who registered their names at the close of the filing would still be accommodated.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that the filing of CoC

and CONA would not be extended.

According to Jimenez , the list of aspirants is not yet final,

"Not all who filed for party-list are not yet sure. They are still subject to deliberations. There are party-list [groups] that are still waiting on their petition for accreditation with the Comelec," he said.

Jimenez also mentioned that substitution of candidates is until November 15.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that under the rules, substitution can only be made by persons in the same party and "the

person to be substituted has to withdraw and there has to be a new CONA or certification of nomination and acceptance by the person to be substituted."

As to the effects of filing a CoC/CONA or CON-CAN, aspirants holding a public appointive offices or positions, active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and other officers and employees in government-owned or-controlled corporations are considered "ipso facto" or automatically resigned from office and must vacate the same at the start of the regular officer hours of the day he/she filed the COC/CONA.

An aspirant who filed a CoC for more than one office shall not be eligible for any of them. A sworn statement of cancellation may be filed though until the end of the filing period or October 8.

Attached is the Comelec's list of candidates for the national and local positions.