The first day of filing of certificates of candidacy on Monday at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office at the Palacio del Gobernador Building in Intramuros start on a festive mood as political aspirants brought with them bands and streamers and their supporters resorting to gimmicks to catch attention.
Those who trooped to the Comelec office early to file their COCs include Vice President Jejomar Binay and his runningmate Sen. Gringo Honasan, former TESDA Director Augusto “Buboy” Syjuco and lawyer Ely Pamatong.
Also present to support the vice president were Binay’s wife Elenita, daughters congresswoman Abigail, Senator Nancy and suspended Makati Mayor Junjun. Former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson also filed his COC on Monday to run again as senator.
A fanfare and carnival atmosphere is expected during the five-day filing period for those seeking to run in the May 2016 polls at Comelec offices nationwide. Meanwhile, Comelec officials reminded the candidates on limiting to three the number of people joining a candidate in filing his CoC inside the Comelec office.
Candidates for national elective positions—president, vice president, and senator—will file their CoCs at the ground floor of Palacio del Gobernador while filing for party-list organizations will be on the third floor.
Journalists covering the filing will be issued stickers daily in order to enter the Comelec building. Supporters will have to stay outside the building. Television monitors with wide screens will be set up to show what’s happening inside the filing area.