Loren Legarda running for Antique congresswoman

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Loren Legarda is running for representative of the lone district of Antique in the 2019 elections.

Legarda, through Antique Governor Rhodora Javier Cadiao, filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Wednesday, October 17, at the Commission on Elections office in the province.

The senator is in the Netherlands to attend the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation.

Legarda is running under the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC). In her COC, the senator is using "Legarda IndayLoren" as her official name and "IndayLoren" as her alias.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte offered Legarda the post of social welfare and development secretary, which has since been given to retired Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista. Legarda earlier said she was thinking about the offer.

Legarda's party-list group, Luntiang Pilipinas, is fielding Michael Ubac, who was a journalist at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as its first nominee, and actress Ciara Sotto as second nominee. Sotto is the daughter of Legarda's friend and NPC party mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III. – Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com