By Analou De Vera
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) released the initial list of senatorial candidates and party-list organizations for the midterm elections on May 13.
There are 76 candidates for senator included in the list. However, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said that 13 names on the list might still be dropped from the roster.
“Note that there are 13 names included in this list which are still pending finality. Should a Certificate of Finality be issued, these 13 names will be stricken off the list,” said Jimenez.
The senatorial aspirants with pending Certificates of Finality were Albert Alba, Ernesto Ansula, HussayinArpa, Rizalito David, Angelo De Alban, Alexander Encarnacion, GeremyGeroy, William IliwIliw, JosefaJavelona, Norman Marquez, Rolando Merona, Frank Naval, and Eric Negapatan.
Some of the ‘big’ names included on the list were incumbent and former senators namely; Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino, Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito, Cynthia Villar, Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel, Grace Poe, Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada. Also included were former Philippine National Police chief Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, among others.
Meanwhile, there are 134 party-list organizations included. Jimenez noted that the list for party-list organizations is also still not final.
In preparation for the national and local elections, the Comelec also conducted mock elections in 60 polling places nationwide last January 19.
During the conduct of the said activity, Jimenez said that the poll body is 90 percent ready for the elections.
“We are still four months out, we say 90 percent ready. But as you very well know, it is the last 10 percent that takes forever,” said Jimenez.
He then also urged Filipinos to exercise their right to vote because those who will be elected will “affect the quality of life of the whole Philippines.” (Manila Bulletin)