MANILA, Philippines – Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares filed his certificate of candidacy for senator on Monday, October 12, at the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila.
The 3-term congressman is running under the tandem of senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.
“Bakit ako tatakbo? Tatakbo ako sa pagkasenador dahil kailangan ng fighter ng bayan sa Senado,” Colmenares said during a short speech after his filing. (Why will I run? I will run for senator because the nation needs a fighter in the Senate.)
He also listed other reasons why he’s running:
- To continue the fight for an increase in pension and salaries
- To lower the prices of electricity and water
- To strengthen public service and prevent it from becoming a business
- To let Filipinos benefit from the country’s resources
Colmenares was accompanied by his supporters, all wearing red and white shirts. They included his niece, popular actress Angel Locsin, former Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño, and activist-comedian Juana Change.
Satur Ocampo, Juana Change, Teddy Casiño join march of supporters of Colmenares' Senate bid @rapplerdotcom #PHvote pic.twitter.com/NGV3JTLPG6— Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) October 12, 2015
Colmenares is among the first senatorial hopefuls to file on Monday. During his declaration on September 30, Colmenares said he would be running under the principle of “pulitika ng pagbabago” or politics of change.
The period of filing of certificates of candidacy will run from Monday to Friday, October 12 to 16. (READ: Guidelines for filing certificates of candidacy) – with a report from Michael Bueza/Rappler.com
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