2022 Philippine Elections

LIVE UPDATES: Filing of certificates of candidacy for local positions in Luzon – 2022 PH elections

LIVE UPDATES: Filing of certificates of candidacy for local positions in Luzon – 2022 PH elections


From October 1 to 8, 2021, aspirants for local positions will be filing their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2022 Philippine elections. More than 18,000 positions in the provincial down to the municipal governments will be up for grabs across the country.

In Luzon, which includes the National Capital Region, they are running in 38 provinces, 74 cities, and 697 municipalities.

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QUEZON CITY: Suntay seeks reelection as 4th District congressman

Deputy Majority Floor Leader Jesus “Bong” Suntay filed his certificate of candidacy on Thursday, October 7, seeking a second term as congressman of the 4th District of Quezon City.

In a belated press release on Friday, October 8, his office said Suntay was accompanied by reelectionist Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and city councilors Marra Suntay, Ivy Lagman, Irene Belmonte, Janet Babes Malaya, Hero Bautista, and Egay Yap.

Suntay chairs the committee on human rights and previously sat as vice chair of the committees of energy, government enterprises and privatization, and trade and industry.

He had served for five terms as a city councilor of Quezon City before getting appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as a director at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, his last post before he ran as congressman in 2019.

CAVITE: Lani Mercado Revilla seeks to reclaim congressional post

Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla on Friday, October 8, filed her certificate of candidacy to represent the 2nd District of Cavite in Congress.

Revilla, the wife of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, had served as 2nd District representative for two terms, from 2010 to 2016.

She filed on Friday at the local Commission on Elections office in Trece Martires City, Cavite. She was accompanied by her husband, her son and 1st District board member aspirant Bryan Revilla, and Provincial Board Member Edwin Malvar.

Dennis Abrina

NUEVA ECIJA: Umali brothers seek to keep top provincial government posts

Brothers incumbent Governor Aurelio “Oyie” Umali and vice governor Emmanuel Antonio “Anthony” Umali already filed their candidacies for re-election on October 1, the provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) confirmed to Rappler on Friday, October 8. 

The Comelec said their COCs were filed by their authorized representative, lawyer Arvin Randy Teo. 

Governor Umali is in his first term as Nueva Ecija governor. He first held the position for three consecutive terms from 2007 to 2016. Reaching his term limit in 2016, Umali gave way to his wife, Czarina “Cherry” Umali who became governor until 2019. Aurelio then took over and was again elected governor in 2019. 

Likewise, Emmanuel Antonio Umali currently serves his first term as the vice governor. His political experience includes being a board member of the 3rd district, and serving as vice mayor of Cabanatuan City. 

The Umalis will be facing off with the Josons in the upcoming 2022 elections. Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae “Rianne” Joson Cuevas and former vice governor Edward Thomas Joson have also filed their candidacies for governor and vice governor, respectively.

(Photo courtesy of Serbisyong Matapat para sa Novo Ecijano/FB)

Paul Nicholas Soriano

ZAMBALES: Ex-vice gov Lacbain wants to reclaim post

Former vice governor Ramon Lacbain files his certificate of candidacy on Friday, October 8, seeking the same position.

He served as vice governor to former governor Vicente Magsaysay from 2001 to 2007, and earlier in Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.’s term, from 2010 to 2016.

He’s been running a drugstore chain since his last term ended.

Randy V. Datu

RIZAL: Taytay mayor Ricardo Gacula II seeks reelection

Taytay Mayor George Ricardo “Joric” Gacula II filed his certificate of candidacy for reelection on Friday, October 8.

Gacula circumvented the 3-term limit from 2004-2013. He stepped down in 2013 and ran again for mayor in 2016. This will be his last term if ever elected. His running mate is the incumbent vice-mayor, Mitchell “Mitch” Bermundo.

– Jake De Silva

CAVITE: Kawit mayor files COC for reelection

Kawit Mayor Angelo Emilio Aguinaldo filed his certificate of candidacy for his third term on Friday, October 8.

Angelo Aguinaldo is the great-grandson of the first Philippine president, Emilio Aguinaldo. His father, the late Reynaldo “Tik” Aguinaldo, was mayor of Kawit for 2007-2016.

Angelo Aguinaldo will go against 1st District Representative Francis Gerald “Boy Blue” Abaya, another great-grandson of Aguinaldo, who filed his COC on October 2.

Councilor Edward “Junbie” Samala will be Aguinaldo’s running mate. Running for counselors in their slate are Cynthia Aguinaldo, Alvin Bunag, Bong Cajigas, Shanica Derudar, Jerry Jarin, Resty Layola, Debbie Pulido, and Eman Tuazon.

Jerome Sagcal

ZAMBALES: Ex-vice governor Cheng runs for Castillejos mayor

Former vice governor Angel Magsaysay-Cheng filed her certificate of candidacy for mayor of Castillejos, Zambales, on Friday, October 8, at the local Commission on Elections office. 

The daughter of former Zambales governor Vicente Magsaysay aims to lead her hometown into a developed and business-friendly area.

Randy V. Datu

RIZAL: San Mateo mayor Cristina Diaz seeks congressional seat

Incumbent San Mateo Mayor Cristina “Tina” Diaz filed her certificate of candidacy for the congressional seat of the new 3rd district of Rizal on Friday, October 8.

Diaz announced on her Facebook live her intentions to run for the 3rd district of Rizal after serving San Mateo for two consecutive terms. The said district will be focused solely on San Mateo which covers fifteen barangays. San Mateo was formerly part of the 2nd district of Rizal.

– Jake De Silva

CAVITE: Silang’s first woman mayor Poblete seeks comeback

Former Silang mayor Emilia Lourdes “Omil” Poblete is seeking the post again, filing her certificate of candidacy on Friday, October 8, as a nominee of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Omil, who served from 2013 to 2019, was the first female mayor of Silang.

Dennis Abrina

NUEVA ECIJA: Mika Suansing runs for first district representative

Mikaela Angela “Mika” Suansing filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Friday, October 8, for representative of the first district of Nueva Ecija. She runs under the Nacionalista Party. 

Suansing seeks to succeed the term of her mother, incumbent 1st District representative Estrellita “Ging” Suansing, who is serving her final term. 

The solon’s daughter graduated magna cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, and is a fresh graduate of Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard University. 

Mika’s father, Horacio Suansing Jr. currently sits as representative of the second district of Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao.

Paul Nicholas Soriano