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MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday cleared an initial list of 27 senatorial aspirants as qualified to run in 2013. The rest of the 84 others who filed Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) still have until December to qualify for the mid-term polls.
In Resolution No. 9450, the poll body noted that the qualified candidates passed the requirements and serious in participating in the senatorial race.
Deemed qualified to run are:
United Nationalist Alliance candidates:
The independent candidates allowed to run are:
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez stressed that this was not yet the official list of candidates for the senatorial polls. The poll body will still wait until the deadline of filing of substitutes, which is on Dec. 21.
Until then, the poll body will be conducting two separate hearings for the remaining 57 aspirants, for them to defend and establish the legitimacy of their candidacies.
The hearings are scheduled for October 18 and 19.
The following were directed to attend the Oct. 18, 2012 at the Comelec session located at the 8th of the Palacio del Governador in Intramuros, Manila: Florentino F.Baguio; Rosario S. Bantolo; Aeric P.â¨ Bernardino; Leonardo C.â¨ Bula; Rafael M. Cabrera; Victorio Angelo A. Cadag; Patrocino A.â¨ Cailing; Elizabeth S. Capular; Catalino A. Dazo; Arsenio T.â¨ Dimaya; Juanito E. Donato; Anicio B. Escosuraâ¨; Manuel P. Espinosa;
Generoso J.â¨ Factor; Eduardo Syamasundar-Das P. Fernandez; Roque F. Garay;â¨ Byron Adriano D. Gorostiza; Benjamin S. Handumon, Jr.; Manuel E. Insigne; Edwin S. Jolongbayan; Luisong Tagean Lacan; Ed E. Salam Jr.; Merlito O. Lagata; Victor S.â¨ Lawag; Wendell H. Lope ; Daniel R. â¨Magtira ; Severo L. â¨Mascuenda, Jr.; Elena L. Mandap; and
Carlito P. Ning; Valeriano P. Nocon III â¨; Richard L. Penson;â¨ Manuel A. Po; Marlon G. Rirao; Ericson Eli Felix B. Rojas; Pepito S. â¨Salangsang; Rebecca C. Santosidad; Cosme Omie P. Soriano; Orlando G.â¨ Suerte; Nonato M. Sulibit; Alfonso, Jr. E. Talag;â¨Rogelio C. Tomol; and Ulyn E. Villamor.
The Comelec will be calling the following for a hearing on Oct. 19: Alma L.â¨ Abella, Melchor G. Chavez, Virgilio G.â¨ Gundayao, Oliver U.â¨ Lozano, Norma C.â¨ Nueva, Wenceslao P. Pancho,Jr., and Victor N.â¨â¨ Wood, all of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL);
Greco Antonious Beda B. â¨Belgica, Baldomero C. â¨Falcone, and Christian M.â¨â¨ Señeres, all of Democratic Party of the Philippines;
Samson S.â¨â¨ Alcantara of the Social Justice Sopciety; and Independent candidates Leo M.â¨Cadion, Virgilio J. â¨Galang,Remelyn T. Ajel,â¨ Francis Leo A.â¨ Marcos, and Johnny Chris H. Sy.
All the 84 aspirants had filed their respective COCs during the five-day filing period last October 1 to 5.