On first day of COC fil­ing, ‘odd’ ones steal lime­light at Com­elec

Cebu Daily News - - ISLANDS -

The 2019 elec­tion fever couldn’t be more col­or­ful and deliri­ous with­out the char­ac­ters that splash the awe and ex­cite­ment in Philip­pine polls.

Sim­i­lar with the pre­vi­ous years, po­lit­i­cal as­pi­rants like the “former lovers” of Kris Aquino and Mocha Uson showed up on the first day of fil­ing of cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy (COCs) at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) in In­tra­muros, Manila.

Daniel Magtira, who claimed he was an ex­hus­band of Kris Aquino, said he will ad­vo­cate for Filipino rock bands if he will land a seat at the Se­nate.

He also said he still loves the so-called Queen of All Me­dia.

“Kris Aquino, kung na­nun­uod ka ngayon, umi­ibig pa rin ako sa’yo (Kris Aquino, if you are watch­ing now, I am still lov­ing you),” he said in front of cam­eras af­ter fil­ing his COC.

This is his third time to try his l uck to get se­lected af­ter his ap­pli­ca­tions in 2013 and 2016 were re­jected by the Com­elec.

An­gon Tuana, who said he be­came Uson’s boyfriend also turned up at the Com­elec, and even flashed a piece of ba­nana to re­porters.

He said he bought the ba­nana be­cause no one bought it from a street ven­dor he met on his way to the Com­elec build­ing.

“Naawa na­man ako (I pitied him),” Tuana said.

A cer­tain Chris­tian Cas­tro, mean­while, pro­posed a “Piso para sa puso (Peso for the heart)” pro­gram, where he said ev­ery Filipino will be re­quired to do­nate one peso for gov­ern­ment pro­grams.

He said the pro­gram will help ad­dress the needs of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing those who needmed ica l op­er­a­tions.

Rolando Mer­ano, on the other hand, said that prior his de­ci­sion to run as a sen­a­tor, he re­ceived a call from the World Bank about the state of poverty in the coun­try.

“Ang akin pong sagot sa kanila ay may­roon tay­ong batas sa iba’tibang bansa (to ad­dress poverty) (My an­swer to them is we have laws in dif­fer­ent coun­tries to ad­dress poverty),” he said.

Com­elec Com­mis­sioner Rowena Guan­zon said around 100 nui­sance can­di­dates might emerge at the poll body’s main of­fice to file their can­di­dacy for the 2019 midterm elec­tions. /IN­QUIRER.NET

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