Comelec sees up to 15 presidential bets, over 100 party-list groups in 2022 ballot

Metro Manila (NCS Philippines, November 29) — The May 2022 elections might characteristic the longest listing of presidential candidates in historical past, with up to 15 aspirants probably touchdown a spot on the ballot.

Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez revealed Monday that the ballot physique has moved to declare 82 presidential bets as nuisance candidates out of 97 who filed certificates of candidacy for the place in October.

In 2016, there have been solely six presidentiables on the ballot. Jimenez stated the report to this point is 10 official candidates in the 1998 presidential race, the place actor after which Vice President Joseph Estrada emerged because the winner.

Meanwhile, there could also be up to 12 candidates for the vice-presidential race as Comelec is poised to drop 15 different aspirants from the roll. The ballot physique can be slated to declare as nuisance 108 aspiring senators out of the 174 who need to run, which would depart greater than 60 candidates competing for 12 (*100*) seats. 

The ballot physique is ready to launch its official listing of candidates on December 15, a month forward of the interval for the printing of ballots.

Cases vs candidates

Meanwhile, there are 89 petitions filed searching for to cancel the respective candidacies of 2022 aspirants nationwide.

These embody two in opposition to the presidential bid of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and one in opposition to TV host Raffy Tulfo, who’s working as senator.

READ: Cases vs Marcos, Tulfo’s 2022 bid raffled to Comelec 2nd Division

Majority of the hotly-contested candidacies are for native posts in Mindanao.

In the city of Bacolod Kalawi in Lanao Del Sur, a sure Nora Dipatuan filed circumstances in opposition to 4 of the 5 opponents in the mayoralty race, sparing solely the candidate which carried her surname. There are additionally a number of pleas opposing the candidacies of members of the Mangudadatu clan in Maguindanao, based mostly on Comelec data.

Actor Raymond Bagatsing can be dealing with a grievance as he runs as vice mayor in the City of Manila, whereas former Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya is opposing the Congressional bid of incumbent Governor Migz Villafuerte and three different native bets.

Party-list race

Comelec has to this point accredited 138 party-list groups and is processing the petitions of 102 extra who’re searching for a minimum of one seat in the nineteenth Congress.

The party-list system—which was initially crafted to characterize the poor and different marginalized groups—has turn into a star-studded affair, with TV hosts and different celebrities hoping to turn into a lawmaker on behalf of their sector, regional or political occasion of curiosity.

READ: Comelec rejects 126 party-list applicants 

Groups like Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Kabataan, TUCP, CIBAC, and Ako Bicol stay in the working.

Some party-lists led by showbiz icons are nonetheless ready to safe the ballot physique’s approval, equivalent to Superstar Nora Aunor’s National Organization for Responsive Advocacies for the Arts (NORAA) and celeb chef Boy Logro’s Aangat Kusinerong Pinoy (Logro Kusinero).

TV host Karla Estrada’s group, Tingog party-list representing Visayans, will certainly be a part of the race because the group has been ready to area and win a slot in previous elections.

Controversial former Tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo can be the primary nominee of the group named Turismo, whereas multi-level advertising and marketing agency Frontrow founder Samuel Verzosa is working beneath the group Tutok to Win.

There are additionally groups vying for gender illustration, equivalent to LGBTQ Plus, Gabriela, and Babae Ako.

There are three party-lists utilizing the President’s title: Duterte Youth, Duterte Atin To, and Duterte KBGAN. However, solely Duterte Youth is certain to compete to this point.

Meanwhile, the destiny of attractive dancer turned pro-government vlogger Mocha Uson’s Mothers for Change (Mocha) party-list, in addition to that of former MMDA spokesman Celine Pialago’s Malasakit Movement, stay beneath enchantment.

Pialago beforehand served as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict or NTF-ELCAC, which has been criticized for labeling authorities critics as communist insurgent sympathizers with out foundation.

A voter can solely vote for one party-list group.

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