Election season kicks off in the Philippines

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Philippine electionsThe Philippines’ election season began on October 12 with seven months of campaigning ahead until election day scheduled for May 9, 2016. Candidates have until October 16 to register.

On the first day, 22 candidates for presidency filed their application at the election commission. The front runners are:

Jejomar Binay, incumbent Vice President, United Nationalist Alliance

Mar Roxas, Liberal Party

Grace Poe Llamanzares, Independent

Roy Señeres, OFW Family Party List

Apolonia Comia-Soguilon, Philippine Green Republic Party

Augusto Syjuco Jr., Independent, Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General and Iloilo Congressman

Among others who filed their application are twice-disqualified presidential candidate Ely Pamatong and a slew of other independent candidates, including a tricycle driver, two pastors, two retired military officers, a land caretaker and a 76-year-old taxi driver.

Former chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government Camilo Sabio is also on the list, as well as Sel Hope Kang, another female presidential aspirant for the 2016 race. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has declared to be running for vice president on a list of so far nine candidates for the vice presidency that includes a retired judge and a housewife from Muntinlupa, the southernmost city in Metro Manila.

Other people previously seen as potential candidates, among them Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, former president and incumbent mayor of Manila Joseph Estrada and boxing star and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao have personally ruled out that they would run either for president or vice president. Pacquiao, however, wants to run for Senator.

Aside from the presidency and vice presidency, at stake in the elections are 12 seats in the Senate, 293 seats in the House of Representatives, 81 gubernatorial and 81 vice gubernatorial posts; 772 provincial board seats; 144 city mayoral and 144 city vice mayoral posts; 1,610 city councilors; 1,490 municipal mayoral and 1,490 vice mayoral posts, and 11,924 town council seats; one gubernatorial and one vice gubernatorial posts, and 24 seats in the regional assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, altogether over 18,000 political posts.

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The Philippines’ election season began on October 12 with seven months of campaigning ahead until election day scheduled for May 9, 2016. Candidates have until October 16 to register.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Philippine electionsThe Philippines’ election season began on October 12 with seven months of campaigning ahead until election day scheduled for May 9, 2016. Candidates have until October 16 to register.

On the first day, 22 candidates for presidency filed their application at the election commission. The front runners are:

Jejomar Binay, incumbent Vice President, United Nationalist Alliance

Mar Roxas, Liberal Party

Grace Poe Llamanzares, Independent

Roy Señeres, OFW Family Party List

Apolonia Comia-Soguilon, Philippine Green Republic Party

Augusto Syjuco Jr., Independent, Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General and Iloilo Congressman

Among others who filed their application are twice-disqualified presidential candidate Ely Pamatong and a slew of other independent candidates, including a tricycle driver, two pastors, two retired military officers, a land caretaker and a 76-year-old taxi driver.

Former chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government Camilo Sabio is also on the list, as well as Sel Hope Kang, another female presidential aspirant for the 2016 race. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has declared to be running for vice president on a list of so far nine candidates for the vice presidency that includes a retired judge and a housewife from Muntinlupa, the southernmost city in Metro Manila.

Other people previously seen as potential candidates, among them Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, former president and incumbent mayor of Manila Joseph Estrada and boxing star and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao have personally ruled out that they would run either for president or vice president. Pacquiao, however, wants to run for Senator.

Aside from the presidency and vice presidency, at stake in the elections are 12 seats in the Senate, 293 seats in the House of Representatives, 81 gubernatorial and 81 vice gubernatorial posts; 772 provincial board seats; 144 city mayoral and 144 city vice mayoral posts; 1,610 city councilors; 1,490 municipal mayoral and 1,490 vice mayoral posts, and 11,924 town council seats; one gubernatorial and one vice gubernatorial posts, and 24 seats in the regional assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, altogether over 18,000 political posts.

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