MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - A self-proclaimed owner of the Philippine archipelago and a "rock star" who claims to be the husband of President Aquino's celebrity sister were among the first to submit their certificates of candidacy for senator on day 1 of the filing period on Monday.
|Daniel Magtira's COC shows Kris Aquino as his alleged wife. Photo courtesy of RadyoPatrol38 Twitter
Salam Emilio Delin Sr. y Lacan Luisong Tagean, who hails from Naga City, said he came out to claim the Philippines because of its ongoing territorial dispute with China.
"Amin 'yan eh! Bakit sila papasok sa amin?" Tagean, raising his voice, said in an interview.
"Ginagalaw na nila ang Spratlys at Scarborough Shoal, bakit hindi ako kikilos?"
Asked how he acquired the country, Tagean only presented a document supposedly signed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Being the "real" owner of the Philippines, he believes he's the only person who can block attempts by neighboring countries like China to control disputed territories.
"Nananawagan ako sa kung sino man ang tumakbong president, talk to me! Kung wala ang tunay na may-ari, you can do nothing," Tagean said.
|Senatorial aspirant Salam Emilio Delin Sr., who claims to own the entire Philippine archipelago, presents his "title". Photo courtesy of Ryan Chua Twitter
He also challenged the administration to distribute his property-the whole country-to the poor, as part of a "compromise agreement" the government supposedly signed with his family.
He said he is against demolishing informal settlers' homes.
"Hindi ko naman kukunin sa government 'yan! There is a compromise agreement. Isakatuparan ang tamang implementation, 'yon lang. Aasenso ang Pilipinas!" he said. "Bakit hanggang ngayon maraming binubuwag na mga squatter diyan?"
Kris Aquino's 'husband'
Another aspiring senatorial candidate, Daniel Magtira, claims he is the husband of President Aquino's sister who is also one of the country's most popular entertainment personalities.
In his certificate of candidacy, Magtira listed "Kris Aquino" as his wife.
In an interview, however, he clarified that he is still courting Aquino, whom he said will help him reach his ultimate ambition: to be a recording artist.
"Ako'y nakikipag-ugnayan kay Kris Aquino sa 'Pilipinas Got Talent,'" Magtira said, referring to the popular talent search where Aquino is a judge.
Magtira, who also claims to be a rock star, said he has joined several talent shows but always failed to get in.
Now he's determined to win as senator, and at the same time, be a recording artist. Magtira said he wants to get rid of "epal politics" or the excessive self-promotion of many politicians.
Asked to give a sample of his songs, however, Magtira was evasive.
"Tuloy na po ako!" he said, then walked away from the cameras.
Although some would find Tagean's and Magtira's claims unbelievable and even laughable, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not junk their candidacies right away, as it had done in previous elections.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said there's a process to be followed before they are declared nuisance candidates, which the law defines as those who file certificates of candidacy to cause confusion or mock the system.
He said other candidates may file petitions to disqualify candidates they deem to be nuisance after the period for filing certificates of candidacy. The poll body itself may disqualify them based on certain standards.
"It's very subjective, but we will give the persons involved the opportunity to defend their candidacy. Hindi naman sila matatanggal nang basta-basta. They will have the opportunity to be heard," Jimenez said.
For now, the Comelec will continue to receive certificates of candidacy from aspiring candidates who meet the basic requirements whoever they claim themselves to be.