(L-R) Former Pagsanjan Mayor Abner Afuang, former Senate President Koko Pimentel, Music icon Freddie Aguilar
MANILA, Philippines — The early birds at the office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Intramuros Manila were filing their certificates of candidacy for the Senate race in 2019.
The first to arrive was former Senate president Koko Pimentel who is seeking reelection. He said decided to file early as he will be busy preparing for his wedding next week with partner, Kathyrna Yu.
“Ito po ang aming campaign color ng partido PDP Laban,” Pimentel said referring to his red shirt. “Pakiusap ko sa mga kapartido ko na pag nag-file o nagkampanya, dalhin ang color red. That is the revolutionary color. Ibig sabhihin nun, PDP entertains even radical ideas on how to solve our problems — out of the box solutions to problems,” he said.
Following Pimentel was musician Freddie Aguilar who said he was compelled to join the Senate race.
“Matagal na nila akong kinukubinsi dahil daw po sa aking mga advocacy sa mga kanta ko for 40 years,” Aguilar said. “Ang nagpapayag sa akin ay mga ordinaryong mamamayan lang po at sa kagustuhan ko pong tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago, pati ako na walang hilig sa pulitika ay tumakbo na rin para makatulong sa bayan natin.”
Third to arrive was former Pangasinan mayor Abner Afuang who first grabbed headlines in 2009 when he poured water on celebrity doctor Hayden Kho during a Senate probe on a sex video scandal.
“Sabi ko ayaw ko na ng pulitika; kultura pera. Ginawang political dynasty ng nga corrupt na official,” he ranted before members of the press.
Afuang’s COC was reported to have been rejected by Comelec because he used an outdated form. He said he will correct the error and file again. — Nel Maribojoc