Stressing that “7’ is the Marcoses’ lucky number, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. filed his certificate of candidacy on Tuesday, thus becoming the “seventh” vice presidential candidate to do so.
Wearing a blue polo shirt, ‘Bongbong” was accompanies by his wife, lawyer Liza Araneta-Marcos, and his mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
The senator said that Comelec officials told him he was the seventh to file a COC for the post on Tuesday. “So the number 7 which is the lucky number for us the Marcoses is still there. That is a good omen,” stressed Marcos who ended up No. 7 in the 2010 senatorial race.
A few minutes before he filed his COC, Bongbong went to the nearby San Agustin Church with his wife and mother to pray.
On his way to the Comelec office, the Palacio del Gobernador, Bongbong was welcomed by hundreds of his supporters, all wearing orange-colored shirts, to witness him file his COC.
Formally declaring his vice presidential bid last Saturday, Marcos vowed to work for the country’s unity, which he said is essential if the nation is to move forward toward a better future.
He noted that years of adversarial politics has sown disunity and has destroyed the country’s sense of nationhood.
“Adversarial politics is fine until the elections are over. Once the elections are over, we really must put all that aside and work for the national interest—not partisan interest, not individual interest, but the national interest.”
Although he is a member of the Nacionalista Party, he said this time he will run as an independent candidate.
Marcos promised to eradicate poverty, clean the streets of illegal drugs and other vices and crimes, eliminate graft and corruption in the government, boost economy, and unite the Filipino people in nation-building for a progressive society.
Marcos, an incumbent senator who was elected in 2013, has yet to complete. He currently chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Public Works.
Hours before Marcos filed his COC, his first cousin, Leyte (1st District) Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, formalized his bid to to join the senatorial race.
Romualdez said his decision to run for senator is his commitment to both their clan and to all Filipinos, beyond those in Leyte.
“I am here today as part of my commitment to honor the Romualdez legacy of dedicated public service. Gagawin ko itong personal na misyon, hindi lamang sa amin sa Leyte kundi sa buong bansa,” Romualdez said in a statement.
Romualdez, who was nominated by the Lakas-CMD party, was also accompanied by aunt, Imelda Marcos, in filing his COC, along with a throng of orange-clad supporters chanting “Malasakit”.
Romualdez was an early bird on the second day of filing as he arrived at exactly 8 a.m.
After he filed his COC, he went to the designated media area for photo opportunities and signed the Integrity Pledge Board.
Another candidate was former Senior Citizen party-list Rep. Godofredo Arquizawho also filed his COC to run for a Senate seat.
Also filing his COC to run for senator is Anti-Crime and -Terrorism – Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, who said he is running under a platform of anti-crime and anti-corruption.
So far there are 37 presidential aspirants; seven vice presidential candidates and 25 individuals bidding for the Senatorial seats.
Meanwhile, Comelec revoked the media accreditation of radio station, DZMM for alleged violation of the rules on the coverage of COC filing in the Comelec premises.