Some of the most controversial personalities have filed their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) on Thursday, October 11th for the upcoming Philippine election on 2019. Aside from local and provincial, there will also be seats open for Senate.
Here are some of those personalities who have already filed their COC:
Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III – According to the former Senate President, he filed his candidacy early due to arrangements he has to attend to for his upcoming wedding ceremony to his fiancé Kathryn Yu.
Freddie Aguilar – He was known for being one of the best folk singers in the Philippines since 1970’s. He was a solid supporter of the President, Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, and his advocacy is to keep the entertainment industry alive.
Neri Colmenares – A human rights lawyer and activist, Colmenares wants to compensate for his defeat in the 2016 elections. He was imprisoned during the Martial Law during the time of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
Samira Gutoc – An advocate of muslim and women rights, she was appointed by President Duterte in 2016 and boldy targeted the Martial Law in Mindano in connection with the alleged abuses of soldiers there. She was the first senatorial candidate from the opposition coalition under the Liberal Party who filed a ballot.
Vilma Santos – A distinguished actress and politician, she is known as the Star for All Seasons for her various roles in different genres of her movies throughout her career. The former governor of Batangas and served as mayor before joining the Chamber.
Angeline Halili – She is the daughter of the former Tanauan mayor Antonio Halili, who was known for his “walk of shame” for alleged drug dealers. She said she will fight for her father who was shot in a flag-raising ceremony last July.
Joy Belmonte – She served two terms as vice-mayor under incumbent Mayor Herbert Bautista, she will run as mayor of the city. She is the daughter of the former Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte.
Roderick Paulate – An actor, TV host, comedian, and politician, he is the condemned former Quezon City councilor in 2010 because of alleged allegations of documents over 60 ghost employees and then barred to run for any public office.