A seventh aspiring president filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Saturday, another lean day that saw just three other national candidates at the Harbor Garden Tent of Sofitel Manila, Pasay City as of 2 p.m.

Victoriano Inte wants to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte while broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo, former Senator JV Ejercito, and Joel “Pastor” Apolinario will seek Senate seats in the May 9, 2022 polls.

On Friday, Senator Manny Pacquiao and his running mate, Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, filed their COCs along with three candidates for Vice President and 14 Senate hopefuls.

For the party-list race that will offer 63 slots, five groups joined the initial 18 and submitted their Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance — APEC, PHILRECA, RECOBODA, Ako Padayon Pilipino, and Abang Lingkod.

A COC must be filed personally, even by a representative. No COC via mail, electronic mail, or facsimile shall be accepted. 

Tulfo filed for candidacy as senator as an independent candidate while former senator JV Ejercito hopes to make a comeback as he files for senator as well.

According to Tulfo, he aims to author laws that will serve unfortunate Filipinos.

“Sa loob ng mahigit dalawang dekada sa public service bilang isang broadcaster na nakakaharap at nakakausap ang mga kapus palad nating kababayan, madalas kong napapansin sa kahit anong klaseng laban, palagi silang nadedehado. At mabilis na nalalampaso ang kanilang mga karapatan lalo na kung mayayaman at makapangyarihan ang kanilang nababangga,” Tulfo said.

“Kung babalikan po natin ang sinabi ni dating pangulong Ramon Magsaysay, “He who was less in life should have more in law.” Ibig sabihin, ang mga kapus-palad nating kababayan dapat kailangan ng sapat na proteksyon sa ating batas. At ‘yan po ang isang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito ngayon sa harap ninyo.”

Meanwhile, JV Ejercito, who will be using the name JV Estrada during his candidacy, says he will be pushing for the proper implementation of the universal health care law.

“I’ve thought about it deeply for the past months whether or not I should run. After giving it much thought and looking at what is happening, today, especially with this pandemic, I feel that it is my obligation and my duty all the more to push the universal health care law which I sponsored and authored while I was in the Senate,” he said.

He says the weaknesses of our health care system are all already under the universal health care law, and that it will all be a matter of proper implementation and prioritizing. –rir

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