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By Fat ReyesINQUIRER.net
3:19 pm | Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Tuesday announced that the poll body has approved the candidacy of Israel Virgines, the 33rd senatorial aspirant for the 2013 mid-term elections.
Virgines is a candidate of Bangon Pilipinas, a political party affiliated with Brother Eddie Villanueva’s Jesus is Lord Movement.
Brillantes noted that the candidacy of Virgines was approved unanimously by the commissioners as “he is capable of waging a nationwide campaign.”
Virgines had earlier filed a petition asking the Comelec to approve his certificate of candidacy (CoC), saying that he was late in filing his CoC last October because he was caught in heavy traffic on his way to the poll body’s main office in Intramuros, Manila.
The Comelec has so far approved the candidacies of 32 senatorial hopefuls for next year’s mid-term elections. Senatorial hopefuls from both the Liberal Party-led administration coalition and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) had been earlier approved by the poll body’s en-banc.
Senatorial hopefuls from the LP who had earlier been approved are: Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV; former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros; Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano; Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara; former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, and former Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Jamby Madrigal.
From UNA, the senatorial hopefuls deemed qualified to run are: Sen. Gregorio Honasan, Representatives Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Juan “Jack” Ponce Enrile Jr. and Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay; former Senators Ernesto Maceda, Miguel Zubiri and Richard Gordon; former Tarlac Gov. Tingting Cojuangco, and Nancy Binay.
The poll body also approved the senatorial bid of LP’s and UNA’s common candidates Grace Poe-Llamanzares, chair of the Movie Television Review and Classification Board, and Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Loren Legarda.
The candidacies of independent bets Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn, retired Gen. Ramon Montaño, a former Constabulary chief; and Ricardo Penson, president and CEO of Ausphil Tollways Corporation, had also been given due course by the poll body.
Bayan Muna’s Teddy Casiño, incumbent Bayan Muna representative; Ang Kapatiran Party’s John Carlos de los Reyes, Marwil Llasos and Rizalito David; Social Justice Society’s Samoson Alcantara, and Democratic Party of the Philippines’ Greco Antonious Beda Belgic, Baldomero Falcone, and Christian Señeres were also deemed qualified to join the Senate race.
A total of 84 candidates registered for the 2013 senatorial elections.
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