Who wants to be the next Philippine president? And who are their runningmates?
The Commission on Elections started receiving certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2022 Philippine elections on Friday, October 1. This page will be updated daily.
The national elections will be held on May 9, 2022. More than 60 million Filipinos will vote for a new president, vice president, and 18,000 other national and local positions.
Day 8 of 8 | October 8, 2021
Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa, the architect of President Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs,' threw his hat on the 2022 presidential race on the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy following a new statement from presidential daughter and survey leader Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte that she wasn't running for president. Dela Rosa's submission of his COC under a faction of the ruling party PDP-Laban triggered speculations of a possible substition before Nov. 15. In an interview after he filed his COC, Dela Rosa welcomed a suggestion that Sara Duterte could still change her mind and run for president in 2022. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Dela Rosa is the standard bearer of a faction of the ruling party PDP-Laban led by Energy Secretry Alfonso Cusi. Former Duterte spokesperson and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella also filed his COC for president, but he's running as independent candidate. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Presidential aspirant Vice President Maria Leonor 'Leni' Robredo was back at the Sofitel on Friday to accompany Sen. Francis Pangilinan, who filed his COC as her runningmate. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Day 7 of 8 | October 7, 2021
Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo announced her presidential bid on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, following months of speculation over her plans for the 2022 elections. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Robredo is running as an independent candidate. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Day 6 of 8 | October 6, 2021
The son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., filed his certificate of candidacy for president on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 20121. He is running under the banner of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, a political party founded by Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo Lacson and his runningmate, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, filed their certificates of candidacy under different political parties. Lacson is a candidate of the Partido Reporma while Sotto is a candidate of the Nationalist People's Coalition. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Labor leader Leody "Ka Leody" de Guzman and former defense chief Norberto Gonzales also filed their certificates of candidacy for president on Wednesday. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Day 4 of 8 | October 4, 2021
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and his runningmate Doc Willie Ong formalized their candidacies as president and vice president, respectively, on Oct. 4, 2021. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Day 2 of 8 | October 2, 2021
Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go filed his certificate of candidacy for vice-president after President Rodrigo Duterte announced he was no longer running for the position. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
In a surprise move on the second day of filing for candidacies, Oct. 2, President Rodrigo Duterte announced he was "retiring from politics" and would no longer run for vice president. His long-time aide, Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, instead filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the country's No. 2 position.
Duterte accompanied Go at the Harbor Garden Tent at Sofitel in Pasay City, where COCs were filed, around 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Go and Duterte were nominated by a faction of the ruling party PDP-Laban to become its presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively. The other faction nominated Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao to be its standard bearer.
News reports quoted Duterte saying that his daughter, Sara Duterte, would be running for president with Go as her runningmate. The younger Duterte filed her COC for re-election as mayor of Davao City shortly after the events at the Sofitel, however.
Substitutions can be accepted until Nov. 15. In the last presidential elections, the Duterte patriarch himself filed his COC for Davao City mayor but later withdrew to substitute PDP-Laban's "placeholder" 2016 presidential candidate Martin Diño.
An unknown independent candidate, a certain Victoriano Inte, also filed his COC for president on Saturday.
Day 1 of 8 | October 1, 2021
Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao was the first presidential aspirant to file his certificate of candidacy on Oct. 1, 2021. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ
Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao was the first presidential aspirant to formalize his bid in the 2022 elections. He filed his COC on Friday, October 1, along with his runningmate Deputy Speaker and Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza.
Pacquiao, a world boxing champion, recently announced he was hanging up his boxing gloves for good. He filed his candidacy under Abag-Promdi, a political party founded by the late Cebu governor Emilio Mario “Lito” Osmeña.
At least five other relatively unknown candidates filed their COCs for president on Friday – Jose Montemayor of the Democratic Party of the Philippines, Laurenco Yulaga of the Philippine Green Republican Party, and independent candidates Dave Aguila, Edmundo Rubi, and Leysander Ordenes.
Pacquiao picks Deputy Speaker and Buhay Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza as his runningmate. ANGIE DE SILVA FOR PCIJ