By E.T. SUAREZ
November 29, 2009, 4:58pm
When former President Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando file Monday their respective certificates of candidacy for President as they had earlier announced, there will already be a total of 50 presidentiables for the May 10, 2010 polls whose names are listed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
And when the filing of candidacy ends midnight tomorrow, the total number of those desiring to become the country’s highest official would be more than 50 as Lakas-Kampi-CMD fficial presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro, and Sen. Manual Villar of the Nationalista Party (NP) are expected to beat the filing deadline.
The presidential and vice presidential tandem of Estrada and Makati City Mayor Jejomar C. Binay, along with their senatorial candidates are scheduled to file their certificates of candidacy Monday with the Comelec Law Department headed by Director Ferdinand T. Rafanan.
Expected to be with them are PMP senatorial bets Senate President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, whistle-blower Jose de Venecia III, daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr. Grace oe-Llamanzares, and Rep. R. Ompong Plaza.
Fernando, who lost to Teodoro before during the Lakas-Kampi-CMD Executive Committee meeting, maintained that he will pursue his presidential plans and has been negotiating with different personalities and groups for his running mate.
The tandem of Sen. Noynoy Aquino and Sen. Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party (LP) filed their centificates of candidacy last Saturday accompanied by LP senatorial bets lawyer Alex Lacson, Rep. Riza Hontiveros Baraquel, Mrs. Sonia Roco, Rep. Teofisto Guingona III, former Rep. Nereus Acosta, former NEDA Director General Ralph Recto and Rep. Rozanno iazon. Detained Army Gen. Danny Lim is LP guest candidate for senator.
Others who have filed their certificates of candidacy for President are lawyer Oliver Lozano and perennial candidate lawyer Ely Pamatong.