2 Marcoses, 13 others OK’d by Comelec as presidential bets

MARCOS-DUTERTE TANDEM. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte meet their supporters in Tagum City in Davao in this file photo

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has cut down the tentative list of presidential aspirants from 97 to 15 and the vice presidential bets from 28 to nine.

Two Marcos namesakes – former senator Ferndinand Marcos Jr. and Aurora Marcos – made it to the list.

Retired General Antonio Parlade Jr., former spokesperson of the government’s counterinsurgency body, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac), was delisted.

The other approved presidential aspirants are former presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, Hilario Andres, Gerald Arcega, labor leader Leody de Guzman, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Isko Moreno, former National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Danilo Lihaylihay, Faisal Mangondato, Jose Montemayor, Edgar Niez, Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao, and Vice President Leni Robredo.

The approved vice presidential aspirants are Deputy Speaker Jose Lito Atienza, Walden Bello, Rizalito David, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Manny Lopez,  Dr. Willie Ong, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Carlos Serapio, and Sen. Vicente Sotto III.

The Comelec also trimmed down the senatorial aspirants to 70.
Meanwhile, the parties to the three disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Marcos Jr. will be summoned to attend the preliminary conference on the cases scheduled on Jan. 7, 2022.
Comelec 1st Division presiding Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the lawyers for three petitioners, Bonifacio Ilagan, Abubakar Mangelen, and Akbayan, as well as the lawyer of the respondent Marcos, will have to be present during the meeting.

“Summons will be sent to lawyers and parties to personally appear on January 7. Be there at 8:45 a.m. Doors will be closed at 8:55 a.m. @COMELEC,” she said on her Twitter account, @rowena_guanzon.

She also reminded the attendees about the health protocols to be implemented during the conference.

“Preliminary conference of Marcos DQ cases will be in @COMELEC session hall. All lawyers must be inside before 8:55 a.m. Parties must personally appear. Vax cards, face masks,” she added.

Guanzon will preside over the meeting to be held at the poll body’s session hall located on the eighth floor of the Palacio del Gobernador Building in Intramuros, Manila.

“I will preside over the preliminary conference of Akbayan et. al. vs. Marcos Jr. on Jan 7 at 9:00 a.m. Lawyers, prepare! I have low tolerance for incompetence,” she said.

Guanzon added that members of the media would be allowed to cover the event but for a limited time only. (Claire Morales True)