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    LIST: Celebrities eyeing gov’t posts in 2022

    MANILA, Philippines – A number of showbiz, social media and sports personalities have filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) in various local and national posts. Former actor, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and boxing legend Sen. Manny Pacquiao are both seeking the country’s top post, while former TV host Sen. Tito Sotto is among the first to launch his vice presidential bid for 2022.

    Celebrities eyeing gov’t posts in 2022
    Richard Yap is running for congressman while Claudine Barretto is eyeing councilor post in Election 2022.

    Here is a list of celebrities and other personalities who have announced their political bids for the upcoming 2022 elections:
    • Robin Padilla - for senator
    • Media personality Raffy Tulfo - for senator
    • Claudine Barretto – councilor in Olongapo City
    • Aiko Melendez – congresswoman to represent the 5th district of Quezon City
    • Angelu de Leon – councilor in the 2nd district of Pasig City
    • Bobby Andrews – councilor in the 4th district of Quezon City
    • Yul Servo – vice mayor of City of Manila
    • Jolo Revilla – congressman to represent the 1st district Cavite
    • Arjo Atayde – congressman to represent the 1st district of Quezon City
    • Nash Aguas – councilor in Cavite City
    • Javi Benitez – mayor of Victorias City of Negros Occidental
    • Richard Yap - congressman to represent 1st district of Cebu City
    • PBA star James Yap - councilor in San Juan City
    • Jhong Hilario - councilor in Makati City
    • Ejay Falcon-vice governor in Oriental Mindoro
    • Jason Abalos- board member in Nueva Ecija
    • Former basketball player and actor Alvin Patrimonio – mayor of Cainta, Rizal
    • Arci Muñoz – councilor of Cainta, Rizal
    • Alma Moreno – councilor in Parañaque City
    • Comedian Teri Onor or Dexter Dominguez in real life – vice mayor of Abucay, Bataan
    • Social media personality Mikee Morada- councilor in Lipa City

    To prevent fiesta-like scenarios during the filing of certificates of candidacy, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez reminded influential personalities not to accompany politicians they are supporting in the coming elections. Such measure was placed to prevent huge crowds from coming to COC filing venues.

    “Let your candidates go alone, there’s no need to accompany them as expression of your support because we are in a difficult time… Keeping people safe is not exclusively the Comelec’s problem. It is everyone’s problem,” Jimenez said on Sunday, August 29.

    Individuals intending to run for the May 2022 elections are required to file their COCs from October 1 to 8.

    — Mini, The Summit Express

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