Roxas, Robredo file candidacies

Bea Cupin
Roxas, Robredo file candidacies
(UPDATED) The administration's standard-bearer and his running mate, surrounded by their family members and supporters, attend mass before filing

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and his running mate, Camarines Sur Third District Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo officially threw their hats into the 2016 national elections by filing their certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Thursday, October 15.

Roxas and Robredo arrived at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila, past 9 am on Thursday, after hearing mass at the nearby Manila Cathedral and spending time with supporters at the Plaza Roma. (READ: LIST: Aspirants for 2016 elections)

All in na po kami ni Leni sa aming pag-file ng COC. Ibibigay po namin ang lahat sa laban na ito. Ito ang laban na dapat lang ipaglaban, laban para sa ating mga kababayan, laban para sa lahat ng pamilyang Pilipino, at sa kaginhawaan na pinapangarap nila lahat,” Roxas said in a statement after he filed his COC.

(Leni and I are all in, in filing our COCs. We will give our all to this fight. This is a fight that has to be fought – a fight for our people, for every Filipino and the prosperity everyone dreams of.)

Robredo said the administration tandem seeks not only to continue the reforms and gains of the incumbent administration, but also to expand and build on them. She hopes voters would “make the right choice” in the May 2016 elections.

Sa paghahain ko po ng aking COC, iniaalay ko po ang aking sarili sa mas malawak na paglilingkod-bayan sa pagtakbo bilang inyong Bise Presidente (In filing my COC, I am offering myself for a wider-ranging public service in running as your vice president),” she said.

LP president-on-leave Roxas was accompanied by his wife, Korina Sanchez, and mother, Judy Araneta-Roxas, while Robredo was joined by her daughters. They were joined by President Benigno Aquino III and key party leaders and supporters.

MASS BEFORE FILING. Administration tandem Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, accompanied by President Benigno Aquino III and their family and supporters, outside the Manila Cathedral before they file their certificates of candidacy at the Comelec on October 15, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Roxas, in the latest presidential preference surveys, hovers from 19% to 20%, putting him at 2nd or 3rd in a list of would-be presidential bets. It’s comparatively high to his numbers from months ago, which at one point, hit a low of 4%. 
 
Thursday marks the official start of a long journey for the tandem. Although they are the ruling LP’s bets for 2016, their numbers are anything but dominant. 

Robredo, meanwhile, has not even hit double digits. The latest survey from pollster Pulse Asia placed her at 10th among possible vice presidential bets with a measly 3%. 

In an interview on ANC outside the Comelec, Robredo said she would have to work harder to introduce herself to the nation.

The two are the second national tandem to file their COCs. Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Gringo Honasan, both from the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), filed their candidacies on Monday, October 12. 

Survey front runners Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero are expected to file their candidacies for president and vice president late Thursday afternoon. – Rappler.com

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.