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The Manila Times : Comelec trims list of presidential bets

News & Interviews
8 January 2022

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times

PARTIDO Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is now the only presidential candidate surnamed Marcos, based on the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) final list of candidates for the May elections.

The Comelec trimmed the number of presidential bets to 11 from 97 after the end of the filing of certificate of candidacy (CoC) on Oct. 8, 2021.

Among the candidates dropped from the list were Maria Aurora Marcos, a businesswoman from Tarlac, and Tiburcio Marcos.

The son of former president Ferdinand Marcos is listed as presidential candidate number eight.

There are at least seven petitions with the Comelec seeking to disqualify Marcos as a candidate.

Tiburcio Marcos was among the petitioners.

He wanted Marcos declared as a nuisance candidate, claiming he was an impostor. The Comelec has junked Tiburcio Marcos' petition.

Another petition, filed by Danilo Lihaylihay, to declare Marcos Jr. as a nuisance candidate was also dismissed.

Aside from Marcos Jr., the remaining presidential bets are Ernesto Abella, Senators Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Panfilo Lacson Jr., Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, Faisal Mangondato, Norberto Gonzales, Gerald Arcega, labor leader Leodegario "Ka Leody" de Guzman and Jose Montemayor Jr.

In the latest preference survey of OCTA Research, Marcos led the field with 54 percent of the respondents giving him the nod.

His running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, is the runaway choice for vice president with 50 percent.