First cousins Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez separately filed their respective Certificates of Candidacy (COC) on Tuesday at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila.
The local official of Leyte filed his COC for a senate seat in the May 2016 elections at about 9am. “I am here today as part of my commitment to honor the Romualdez legacy of dedicated public service. Panahon na upang suklian natin ang malasakit na ibinahagi ng ating mga kababayan ng mas ibayo pang pagmamahal. I will use this as my personal mission not only for our hometown but for the whole nation,” Romualdez said.
Romualdez is on his 3rd and last term as congressman of Leyte.
On the other hand, Marcos, who was accompanied by his wife, Lisa Araneta Marcos, filed his COC Tuesday afternoon. He is running for the Vice-Presidential seat.
Marcos is hoping that being the 7th candidate in the list would be a good sign as the number 7 is a good number for Marcoses.
“I was told that I am the seventh person to file for the VP post so nandyan pa din ‘yung aming lucky number na 7 para sa aming mga Marcos. I think that’s a good omen,” he said in his short speech after filing his COC. The lawmaker also expressed gratitude to the public for being there while filing his COC.