Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and former Philippine National Police chief, Guillermo Eleazar, have filed their certificates of candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections office on Monday, the last day of filing for substitution for the 2022 elections.
Roque is running under the People’s Reform Party, substituting Paolo Mario Martelino. He was accompanied by his wife, Mylah.
In an interview, Roque said he would support President Rodrigo Duterte on his candidacy for next year’s polls, though he did not reveal what position he is running for.
“When I filed my certificate of candidacy, it’s not only Mayor Inday Sara that I’m supporting. I will also join President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his position to run. The president and I will not separate,” he said.
He said a representative Duterte will file his COC on his behalf Monday afternoon.
Eleazar also filed his COC as substitute for Paolo Capino under the Partido Para sa Demokratikong Reporma.
Over Twitter, Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. has high hopes Eleazar would win in his senatorial bid.
“I won’t wish you luck Gen Eleazar. The victory of a man of your quality shouldn’t be left to luck. I wish our country luck that you win,” he said.
Among the last-minute filers was former National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict spokesperson Antonio Parlade Jr., filing his COC for president as substitute to Antonio Valdes under the Katipunan Demokratikong Pilipino.