New, old faces aspire for Senate posts

October 4, 2021

A mix of reelectionists, fresh names and returning senatorial aspirants trooped to Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday to formalize their bids ahead of the 2022 National Elections.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, who is seeking reelection in the Senate, was the first among all incumbent senators to file her certificate of candidacy (CoC) after arriving at the Harbor Garden Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on the first day of the week-long filing period.

Seeking fresh mandate in the Upper Chamber, Hontiveros recounted her years of legislative work and vowed to continue advocating for women’s rights, fight corruption and help address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic if she will be reelected.

“I want to continue what we started in 2016, especially the programs that we promised and fulfilled,” Hontiveros told reporters after filing her CoC.

“If we are talking about track records, a few of my advocacies were eradicating corruption, empowering women and advocating the rights of our workers, especially frontliners and healthcare workers. Those are just some of the things we fought for as promised,” she added.

Hontiveros will run under her party-list Akbayan. She will also be adopted as a guest candidate by the opposition party Liberal Party (LP).

The lawmaker is currently serving her first term in the Senate after winning in the 2016 National Elections.


Returning senators file CoC

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero have also thrown their hats in the Senatorial race after filing their CoC.

Legarda was the first senatorial aspirant to formalize her bid after arriving at the Comelec venue at 8:00 A.M on Friday.