2022 Philippine Elections

LIST: These celebrities are seeking elective posts in 2022

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LIST: These celebrities are seeking elective posts in 2022

2022 ELECTIONS. Jason Abalos, Richard Yap, and Ejay Falcon are some of the celebrities who have filed their certificates of candidacy.

Jason Abalos' Facebook, Richard Yap's Instagram, Rappler File Photo

These showbiz figures are hoping to enter – or stay in – politics

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) began receiving certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Friday, October 1. 

With more than 18,000 elective seats for grabs in the 2022 national and local polls, showbiz personalities who are either newbies in politics or are reelectionists have shown up at the Sofitel hotel to file their COCs.

Based on various news reports, here’s a compilation of celebrities who have signified their intent of jumping into the political fray.

(This page will be updated as we get additional reports from the field until the last day of filing of COCs on October 8, 2021.) 

Local posts
  • Jason Abalos, actor  –  running for provincial board member of the 2nd District of Nueva Ecija
  • Ejay Falcon, actor –  running for vice governor, Oriental Mindoro
  • Richard Yap, actor –  running for representative of the 1st District of Cebu City 
  • Javi Benitez, actor –  running for mayor, Victorias City, Negros Occidental (ABS-CBN News) 
  • Jhong Hilario, actor and host – running for councilor, Makati City (ABS-CBN News) 
  • Lou Veloso, comedian and actor – running for councilor, Makati City (ABS-CBN News)
  • Anjo Yllana, comedian and actor – running for congressman of the 4th District of Camarines Sur (ABS-CBN News)
  • Angelu de Leon, actress – running for councilor, Pasig City (ABS-CBN News)
  • Aiko Melendez, actress – running for councilor, Quezon City (ABS-CBN News)
  • Ali Forbes, singer and beauty queen – running for councilor, Quezon City (PEP)
  • Bobby Andrews, actor – running for councilor, Quezon City (ABS-CBN News)
  • Lucy Torres-Gomez, actress and current representative of the 4th district of Leyte – running for mayor,  Ormoc City 
  • Richard Gomez, actor and current mayor of Ormoc City – running for representative of 4th district of Leyte 
  • Nash Aguas, actor – running for councilor, Quezon City
  • Dennis Padilla, actor – running for councilor, Caloocan City
  • Arjo Atayde, actor – running for congressman, Quezon City
  • Karla Estrada, actress – running under Tingog Sinirangan party-list group
  • Claudine Barretto – running for councilor, Caloocan City
  • Nora Aunor, actress  – running under National Organization for Responsive Advocacies for the Arts (NORA A) party-list group (ABS-CBN News)
  • Angelica Jones, actor  – running for congresswoman of the 3rd district of Laguna (ABS-CBN News)
  • Alex Castro, actor and singer – running for vice governor, Bulacan (ABS-CBN News)
  • Imelda Papin, singer – running for vice governor, Camarines Sur (PEP)
  • Sharifa Akeel, beauty queen  – running for governor, Sultan Kudarat (PEP)
  • Jomari Yllana, actor  – running for councilor, Parañaque City (PEP)
  • Vandolph Quizon, actor  – running for councilor, Parañaque City (PEP)
  • Shamcey Supsup, former beauty queen – running under ARTE party-list group
  • Tom Rodriguez, actor – running under Anak Maharlikang Pilipino party-list group (PEP)
  • Leren Mae Bautista, beauty queen – running for councilor, Los Baños, Laguna (PEP)
National posts
  • Isko Moreno, former matinee idol and current Manila mayor – running for president
  • Tito Sotto, actor, musician, senator –  running for vice president
  • Jinggoy Estrada, former actor – running for senator 
  • Raffy Tulfo, broadcaster – running for senator
  • Manuel Monsour del Rosario III, actor and producer – running for senator
  • Herbert Bautista, actor and former Quezon City mayor – running for senator
  • Noli de Castro, broadcaster and former vice president – running for senator
  • Robin Padilla, actor – running for senator

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