Rody, Roque, Eleazar vie for Senate; Parlade shoots for presidency

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FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Former PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former NTF-ELCAC Spokesperson Antonio Parlade Jr.
FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Former PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former NTF-ELCAC Spokesperson Antonio Parlade Jr.

Following the rigodon in the Marcos and Duterte camps over the weekend, political lines become clearer as the election draws nearer.

Monday (November 15) marked the end of the substitution period for candidates.

Here's a recap of what went down on the last day of substitution and withdrawal of candidacies.

Duterte vs Duterte farce

FILE PHOTO: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (left), President Rodrigo Duterte (right). (Source: REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (left), President Rodrigo Duterte (right). (Source: REUTERS)

In the days leading up to Comelec’s substitution deadline, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte abandoned her re-election bid for Davao City mayor to vie for the vice presidency. On the same day Sen. Bong Go, the president's trusted adviser, decided to run for president instead of vice-president.

For his part, President Rodrigo Duterte dropped hints over the weekend that he may run for vice president against his daughter.

Ultimately, Duterte did indeed ditch his “retirement” plan, and heeded his party’s (Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan) decision to run for Senate.

Palace to Senate

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte file his certificate of candidacy for senator after withdrawing his certificate of candidacy for vice president, in the 2022 national election, at the Commission on Elections, in Manila, Philippines, November 15, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte file his certificate of candidacy for senator after withdrawing his certificate of candidacy for vice president, in the 2022 national election, at the Commission on Elections, in Manila, Philippines, November 15, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)

Beating the deadline for substitution, President Rodrigo Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the Senate substituting a certain Mona Liza Visorde under the political party PDDS.

Senator Bong Go, the president’s trusted aide and anointed successor, said that he doesn't want feelings to be hurt and that he'd rather Duterte not run for vice president.

Following failed ILC bid, Roque runs for Senate anew

FILE PHOTO: Harry Roque speaks as Philippine lawmakers hear an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines May 15, 2017. (Source: REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
FILE PHOTO: Harry Roque speaks as Philippine lawmakers hear an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines May 15, 2017. (Source: REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque filed his certificate of candidacy for senator, replacing Paolo Martelino under the People's Reform Party. This is Roque's second Senate run.

After filing their candidacy, presidential appointees like Roque are deemed resigned from their post.

Roque finished last among Asia-Pacific contenders in the election of new members of the United Nations International Law Commission late last week, ending his campaign for a seat in the prestigious international body.

Eleazar vies for Senate

FILE PHOTO: Guillermo Eleazar, former Director Major General of the Philippine National Police  National Capital Region Police Office (PNP  NCRPO), seen during the 2019 Independence Day, on June 12, in Rizal Park, Manila. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Manila, Philippines. (Source: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Guillermo Eleazar, former Director Major General of the Philippine National Police National Capital Region Police Office (PNP NCRPO), seen during the 2019 Independence Day, on June 12, in Rizal Park, Manila. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Manila, Philippines. (Source: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar confirmed on Sunday (November 14) that he will run for senator. The following day, Eleazar substituted media practitioner and PWD advocate Paolo Capino.

Eleazar will run under the slate of presidential candidate Panfilo Lacson, an incumbent senator and also a former PNP chief.

Retired anti-communist military man Parlade vies for president

(Source: PNA/ntfelcac.org)
(Source: PNA/ntfelcac.org)

Notorious red-tagger Antonio G. Parlade, Jr. declared his presidential candidacy under the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP), replacing a party member.

Parlade, one of the administration’s anti-communist task force's spokesman, drew flak for tagging civic leaders and media celebrities critical of the government as communist fronts.

Bello not running

FILE PHOTO: Secretary of Labour Silvestre Bello speaks to the media in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 17, 2016. (Source: REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
FILE PHOTO: Secretary of Labour Silvestre Bello speaks to the media in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 17, 2016. (Source: REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)

Earlier in the day, Labor chief Silvestre Bello III said he would heed the advice of his friends, who told him not to run for senator. But he also told his supporters to wait until the end of the day. "The president may call me, and may ask me to join him. If he files, I may be forced to file, too"

Bello’s department honored him with a send-off, complete with tarpaulins thanking him for his service.

Ultimately, however, Bello kept his promise that he would not run if Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte would not run for president.

Bello said that he will continue to serve as labor secretary, “vowing to intensify the government’s assistance to workers.”

Poll watchdog urges Comelec to declare placeholders as nuisance bets

The Kontra Daya coalition urged Comelec to void the substitutions and declare as nuisance candidates those who have already made public statements on being placeholders, in order to void the substitutions.

According to the poll watchdog, the withdrawal and substitution of presidential and vice presidential candidates is a mockery of the electoral process.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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