MANILA – Eleven presidential aspirants have been included on the current tentative list of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the May 2022 polls.
Based on the list as of Wednesday, the aspirants that made it to the recent list are Abella, Ernie; Arcega, Gerald; De Guzman, Leody; Domagoso, Isko Moreno; Gonzales, Norberto.
Also on the list are Lacson, Ping; Mangondato, Faisal; Marcos, Bongbong; Montemayor, Jose Jr.; Pacquiao, Manny Pacman and Robredo, Leni.
For vice presidential aspirants, there are nine names -- Atienza, Lito; Bello, Walden; David, Rizalito; Duterte, Sara; Lopez, Manny SD; Ong, Doc Willie; Pangilinan, Kiko; Serapio, Carlos and Sotto, Vicente.
On the other hand, the tentative number of senatorial aspirants is now at 64.
The poll body has yet to come up with the final list of national and local candidates including party-list groups since there are still pending cases as to their respective candidacies.
Only one Marcos left
Based on the updated list of candidates, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer and former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. is now the only presidential hopeful for next year’s elections surnamed Marcos.
Among those recently struck from the list is Maria Aurora Marcos, a businesswoman from Tarlac who filed her candidacy for president last October.
Meanwhile, Tiburcio Marcos was removed by the poll body from the list last December.
The list started with 97 presidential hopefuls and was trimmed to 15 before Christmas.
Various groups have filed seven petitions with the Comelec to block the former senator’s presidential bid in the 2022 national polls.
Of the seven cases, two have been junked by the poll body.
On January 4, the Comelec denied Tiburcio's petition to cancel Bongbong's candidacy, alleging that he is an impostor.
Another petition filed by Danilo Lihaylihay which sought to declare Marcos as a nuisance candidate was denied on December 16. (PNA)