Several other prominent personalities declared their election bid for national positions last Saturday.

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Broadcast journalist Rafael “Raffy” Tulfo also announced he will be running for Senator as an independent candidate in the elections next year to fix the gaps in existing laws. 

Tulfo, who is known for his weekly radio program, which is also streamed online, said being elected in the senate will give him the platform to help the marginalized and the labor sector.
He is confident he can win in the upcoming polls with the support of his subscribers. 

Tough fight 

Former Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito also filed his COC for a possible second term in the Senate. 

Ejercito said he wants to pass additional laws to address the issues on the implementation of the Universal Health Care law.

“I know that this law was passed already, but half of it is the implementation phase especially in its infancy. I being the principal sponsor will prioritize and will see to it that this will be given utmost importance,” Ejercito said. 

Ejercito, however, candidly disclosed he is anticipating a tough battle in 2022 polls amid the large number of re-electionists and come-backing senators. 

Existing tally 

Aside from Tulfo, and, Ejercito, four other aspiring national candidates also filed their COCs.

This includes Victor Inte, who is running for President, and senatoriables Joel Apolinario, Loreto Banosan, and Rodelo Pidoy. 

Nine partylist groups also submitted their Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance (CONAs) at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent.  

These are the APEC, PHILRECA, RECOBODA, Ako Padayon Pilipino, Abang Lingkod, PNPRA, PDP Cares, Ang Kabuhayan, and Bagong Henerasyon.

COMELEC Education and Information Department Director Elaiza David said the second day of the COC and CONA filing remain peaceful and orderly. 

Since the start of the COC and CONA filing last Friday, Comelec was able to register 7 presidential aspirants and 4, who are seeking to run for vice president. 

It was able to tally 19 senators, and 26 partylists. 

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