'JC,' Ang Kapatiran bets file COCs
MANILA - Candidates from the political party, Ang Kapatiran, led by its presidential bet John Carlos “JC” delos Reyes, filed on Monday their certificates of candidacy for the 2010 polls.
De los Reyes, a councilor in Olongapo City in Zambales, was accompanied by his running mate, Dominador Chipeco Jr., and senatorial bets Zosimo Jesus Paredes II, Adrian Sison, Reginald Tamayo, Jo Aurea Imbong, Hector Tarrazona, Rizalito David, and Manuel Valoehuesa.
Paredes and Sison both ran for senator under the same party in 2007, along with Martin Bautista, but failed to win a Senate seat.
Delos Reyes proudly presented to reporters his slate, which is composed of lawyers, journalists, and academics, and described them as “unrecognized gems” in governance.
Ang Kapatiran candidates went to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) together with the group’s president Eric Manalang, delos Reyes’ wife Dunia, and youngest daughter Barbara.
Delos Reyes, 40, is by far the youngest among presidential hopefuls who have already filed their COCs. The law requires a candidate to be at least 40 years old to be able to run for president.
Delos Reyes is also the earliest among established names to file his COC for next year’s polls.
When asked why he filed his COC early, in contrast to other presidential aspirants who prefer to file close to the December 1 deadline, delos Reyes seemed not to mind. “Para tapos na,” was all he said.
Before filing their COCs, the whole slate dropped by the nearby Manila Cathedral to attend a mass presided by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.
Dunia Delos Reyes said that they simply offered prayers for their candidates. “We prayed for difference in governance [through them],” she said.
Manalang said that his party will be offering a “non-traditional” set of candidates, in contrast to traditional political parties with old faces.
“We only have principles to talk about, and no personalities,” he said.
He also assured that his candidates “will produce a different kind of politics.”
“We are in politics because we have faith,” Manalang said.
Ang Kapatiran is a political party which claims to be “rooted in the social teaching of the Church.”
Morality and religion
Most of the candidates interviewed by reporters before the filing spoke of morality and religion as either their qualification or platform of governance.
Delos Reyes is a former theologian. He has a firm stand against the passage of the Reproductive Health bill.
But Manalang shrugged off impressions that Ang Kapatiran is an idealistic and conservative Christian group. He said his candidates are just following the “reasonable moral standard” and are vocal about it.
Manalang also described Ang Kapatiran as an “inter-faith” group with electoral candidates.
Manalang assured that there is no rift within the Gordon clan, which delos Reyes belongs to.
Delos Reyes is the nephew of Senator Richard Gordon, who is reported to be also vying for the presidency in the 2010 elections. “Anyone can vote anyway,” Manalang said.
Delos Reyes was joined by five other “interesting candidates” who graced the fourth day of COC filing for the presidency in the 2010 polls.
Those who filed on Monday are lawyer Valeriano Reloj, businessman Enrique Sadiosa, missionary Maria Magdalena Apura, preacher Simeon Paz Jr., and inventor/herbalist/therapist Marcelino Donato Bhen Navarro.
Reloj told reporters that he will be changing the lion in the president’s seal to that of Lady Justice. This is to stress the Philippines being a “motherland”.
Apura, who fluently spoke to reporters in English due to her 30 years of missionary work in America, said that God is her backer. “God wants the Philippines to have a Christian president,” she said.
Paz, who said he was called by the Lord for the presidency, will be limiting the president’s term to only 3 years, and will remove pork barrel so as to create “God-fearing with good will public servants.”
Navarro, who decided to file because “naiinip na sa takbo ng politika,” said that he had “invented a formula” to change the system of governance.
Since the filing opened on November 20, the number of COCs has reached 20 for president, 2 for vice president, and 10 for senator.
16 file COCs for party-list
Meanwhile, 16 groups filed on Monday their COCs for the party-list election. These are:
- Action for Democracy and Development for the Tribal People (ADD-Tribal);
- Agrarian Development Association (ADA);
- Aksyon ng Mamayang Nagkakaisa (Amana);
- Alliance for Community Transformation and Services, Inc (ACTS);
- Alagaan Natin ang Kalusugan (Anak Kalusugan);
- Alliance for Rural Concern (ARC);
- Action for Dynamic Development, Inc.;
- Firm 24-K Association, Inc.;
- Alay Serbisyong sa Amang Bayan, Inc (ASAB);
- Alyansa na Mamamayang Naghihirap (Almana);
- A Guardians Republic Party (A GRP);
- Pusyon Pilipino (Pusyon);
- Kabalikat ng Mamamayan (Kabayan); and,
- Alliance of People’s Organization (APO).
The ADD-Tribal, Kalahi, Action for Dynamic Development, Inc., Almana, and APO all ran in the 2007 elections and lost. If they lose again in the 2010 election, they will be permanently disqualified in succeeding elections.
The Party-list Law states that groups that fail to garner the minimum number of votes required, or fail to participate in the polls for 2 consecutive elections, will have their accreditation revoked.
As of posting time, Comelec had 34 accredited groups for the party-list election, and 3 groups that submitted their manifestation of intent to participate in the polls.