On the first day of the filing for the certificates of candidacy (COC) on Thursday, a number of political bigwigs swamped the main office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
But the people’s attention was drawn outside of the Palacio Del Gobernador building where other hopefuls from the varied background were providing the public some excitement and proof that democracy in the country is very much alive and kicking.
A man who claimed he was an ex-lover of the Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino, was the first to sound off.
Daniel Magtira, who is eyeing for a Senate seat for the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, professed his love to Aquino in front of the press and bystanders after filing his COC.
“Kris Aquino, kung nanonood ka man ngayon e, umiibig pa rin ako sa ’yo,” Magtira said, drawing mixed reactions from the press.
This was not the first time that Magtira filed a COC at the Comelec. He reportedly filed COCs in previous elections.
Shortly after, a certain Anson Tuana came forward, also claiming he is the former boyfriend of resigned Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
Tuana said that he had a relationship with Uson back when he was 22 years old. He is now 39.
Vying for a Senate seat with an aim to lower petroleum prices, Tuana said he filed a COC after President Rodrigo Duterte himself and Uson ordered him to throw his hat in the ring for the senatorial derby.
“Nananawagan ako sa Shell, sa Petron, sa Caltex, maski dalawang piso, tatlong piso, isang piso; alam kong piso-piso lang yan,” Tuana said in an interview.
“Yun ang order ni President Duterte sa ’kin, yung commander in chief namin, ay saka si Mocha na dati kong girlfriend,” he added.
While both Magtira and Tuana were lucky enough to be given a chance to file their COCs, Beth Lopez was denied entry into the Comelec premises.
According to Lopez, she was directed by Comelec guards to another building to file her candidacy.
“Alam ko dito magpa-file ng candidacy, pero sabi sa ’kin ng guard, dun (another building across the street) ako sa third floor. Nagpunta ’ko sa third floor, pero anong nangyari?” Lopez, who was outside the entrance gates of the Comelec headquarters, yelled.
“Saan ako talaga magfa-file ng COC? Masyado niyo na kong kinakawawa Comelec. No’ng tumakbo ‘kong senador, hindi nilagay ang pangalan ko sa balota, sinabi sa ’kin ng guard, dito magpa-file ako ng kandidatura bilang senador ng ating bansa,” she added, seeming frustrated.
The members of the Comelec security, however, said that the woman was instructed to first secure a copy of the COC application form at the office of Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez at the Education Information Division which is across the Palacio del Gobernador.
However, they said they do not know why Lopez was not able to secure a copy of the application.
Comelec said that at the end of the first day, 27 senatorial aspirants filed their candidacies, including Magtira and Tauna.