The filing of COC (Certificates of Candidacy) for the 2016 Philippine election will start on Monday, October 12 up to Friday, October 16, 2015, as declared by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last March. But while there are celebrity-politicians who will run for the same or higher position, some celebrities (artista) plan to enter politics for the first time.
So far, the expected known presidentiables are VP Jejomar Binay, former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, and Senator Grace Poe. Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte is also expected to run. For vice president, we have Senator Chiz Escudero (for Poe) and Congresswoman Leni Robredo (for Roxas), senators Bongbong Marcos, Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes.
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Nevertheless, here are the celebrity-politicians who will run in the upcoming 2016 election:
Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada – Yes, the 78-year old former president and now Manila mayor is running for reelection in 2016. His colorful political career started when he ran for mayor of San Juan in 1967 and held the position until 1986. Erap was elected senator (1987-1992) and vice president (1992-1997).
Congressman Manny Pacquiao – The Pinoy boxing icon recently announced that he will run for senator in 2016. The 8-division boxing champion first entered in politics in 2007, and ran for congressman of General Santos but lost. He won in 2010 as congressman of Sarangani.
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Senator Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto – After he became vice of Quezon City (1988-1992), he served two terms in the Senate (1992-2004). A former comedian and one of the main hosts of the Philippines’ longest running noontime show, Eat Bulaga, He will running for senator again.
Vilma Santos – Wife of Senator Ralph Recto and former mayor of Lipa City, Batangas, the Star of All Seasons is on her second term as governor of Batangas. She was earlier invited to run for vice president but has decided to run for congresswoman of Batangas instead.
Senator Lito Lapid – A former action star and Vice-Governor (1992-1995) and Governor of Pampanga (2004-2010), the second-termed senator announced last May his plan to run for mayor of Angeles City in Pampanga, joking that he does not belong to the Senate.
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Mark Lapid – Son of Senator Lito Lapid, the former action star served as Pampanga governor from 2004 to 2007. He is the current chief operating officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), as appointed by President Noynoy Aquino.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista – A comedian during his younger years, Bistek as he is known in showbiz has served as vice mayor of Quezon City (1995-1998 and 2001-2010), recently announced he withdrew his senatorial bid and will run as QC mayor again.
Isko Moreno – Born Francisco Domagoso, the former That’s Entertainment star served as a councilor of 1st District of Manila for three consecutive terms (1998-2007). He is on his second term as vice mayor of Manila, and will run for senator under UNA, VP Binay’s political party.
Alma Moreno – Born Vanessa Moreno Lacsamana, the former actress lost her Paranaque mayoral bid in 2004. Nevertheless, she was elected as the city’s councilor in 2007 and was re-elected in 2007. She will run for senator under UNA, VP Binay’s political party.
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Edu Manzano – Former husband of actress Vilma Santos and father of actor Luis Manzano, Edu was elected as vice mayor of Makati City from 1998 to 2001. He ran for vice president as running mate of presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro but lost. He will run for senator in 2016.
E.R. Ejercito – Nephew of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Ejercito served as mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna (2001-2010) and was elected as Laguna governor in 2010. Despite being disqualified in May 2014 due to alleged campaign overspending he will run for reelection in 2016.
Dan Fernandez – The former actor was elected Vice Governor of Laguna from 2001 to 2004. He ran for governor in 2004 but lost, but was elected as representative of 1st District of the province, and his running again as Vice Governor of E.R Ejercito.
Lani Mercado-Revilla – Contrary to earlier rumors, the wife of jailed Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr will not run for senator. Instead, the actress who is now on her second term as as congresswoman of 2nd district of Cavite will run for mayor of Bacoor, Cavite in 2016.
Jolo Revilla – Son of Senator Bong Revilla and Congresswoman Lani Mercado-Revilla, he was elected as Cavite vice-governor in 2013, making him the youngest elected vice governor in the Philippines. He is running for reelection in 2016.
Alfred Vargas – Elected as councilor of 2nd District of Quezon City in 2010 with the second-highest number of votes, the model-actor was elected as congressman representing the newly-created Fifth District of Quezon City. He will run for reelection in 2016.
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Daniel Fernando – The original Scorpio Nights actor started his political career in 1996 when he was elected as Provincial Board Member of the 2nd District of Bulacan. He was elected as the vice governor of the said province in 2010 and will run for reelection in 2016.
Imelda Papin – Dubbed as the Juke Box Queen, the ‘Isang Linggong Pag-ibig’ singer ran for governor of Camarines Sur in 1995 but lost. She was elected as Camarines Sur Vice Governor for two terms (198-2004). She lost in 2004 when she ran for congresswoman in the province’s fourth district, and lost again in 2010 when she ran for senator. Her fourth lost was when she ran for congresswoman in Bulacan in 2013. She is again running for congresswoman of Camarines Sur.
Yul Servo – The actor is now on his third and last term as councilor of 3rd district of Manila. He is now running for congressman of the said district.
Richard Gomez – The multi-awarded actor ran for senator in 2007 but lost. He ran in 2010 as congressman of Ormoc, Leyte but was disqualified after he failed to establish sufficient residency. After losing his mayoralty bid in 2013, he will try his luck again in 2016.
Jomari Yllana – The actor-model is running for councilor of 1st district of Paranaque, a position his older brother Anjo held from 1998 to 2004.
Roderick Paulate – The former child star and actor-comedian was elected as councilor of 2nd District of Quezon City in 2010. He is running for reelection.
Vandolf – Son of Comedy King Dolphy and actress-politician Alma Moreno, the former child star and is still active in showbiz announced last month that he will enter politics for the first time and will run for councilor in Parañaque City under the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
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Jhong Hilario – The ‘It’s Showtime’ host will run for councilor of Makati City, as his father Virgilio Hilario Sr is already on his second term. He will run under VP Binay’s UNA (United Nationalist Alliance).
Monsour del Rosario – The actor-taekwondo champion is currently on his first term as a councilor of first district of Makati City, and is running for reelection.
Rico J. Puno – The OPM icon was elected as Councilor of the first district of Makati City for 3 terms (1998 to 2007). Dubbed as the Total Entertainer, he ran as vice mayor of Makati in 2010 but lost. He is running for councilor again of first district of Makati City.
Ronnie Ricketts – After action movies went dry, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him as Chairman of Optical Media Board (OMB) in 2009. He is now entering politics for the first time, and will run for Congressman of Muntinlupa.
Angelica Jones – Currently serving as Board Member representing the 3rd district of Laguna, the singer-actress will run for reelection in 2016.
Roselle Nava – The 90s singer will for reelection as councilor of 1st district of Paranaque City.
Daisy Reyes – Crowned as Bb. Pilipinas-World in 1996, the actress is running for reelection as councilor of Pateros.
Andrea del Rosario – The actress-model and former Viva Hot Babes member is running for vice mayor of Calatagan, Batangas.
Inday Garutay – Born Christopher Borja, the former singer-comedian will run for councilor of San Juan.
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