Former Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson

Former Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Former senator Panfilo Lacson and Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares on Monday morning filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for senator.

Lacson was the first senatorial aspirant to enter the filing area at the Comission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramus, Manila, at around 8 a.m.

Lacson did not face reporters at the designated media area after the filing.

Colmenares, meanwhile, arrived with actress and relative Angel Locsin (Angelica Colmenares in real life) and ex-Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo.

In his speech following the filing, Colmenares said he was running to become the people’s “fighter” in the Senate.

He hopes to address issues such as rising prices and a need to increase workers’ pay and pension.

“Tatakbo po ako para ang serbisyo-publiko ay palawagin at palakasin at hindi gawing negosyo. Tumatakbo po ako sa Senado para ang yaman ng Pilipinas ay mapakinabangan nating mga Filipino, he said.

The others who have filed their COCs for senator were Ricky Bacolod, Angel Ridoble, Victoriano Inte and Daniel Magtira.

The filing of COCs will run from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aspirants for national elective posts — president, vice president, and senator — as well as for partylist will file at the Comelec main office. (MNS)