MANILA, Philippines - Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III was the first to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Monday morning, the first day of the week-long filing period for candidates in the 2013 elections.
The re-electionist senator filed for candidacy under his own party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), although he is also a guest candidate of the ruling Liberal Party.
"If it will be questioned, we will have case before the Comelec, but I foresee no problem because I am the president of the party," said Pimentel of his being an LP guest candidate.
"My power to nominate, I delegated to certain people. So that's how if you look at the paper trail, it's complete, legal and valid," he added.
The United Nationalist Alliance is also expected to have its full senatorial slate file their COCs at past noon today.
Meanwhile, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes said only senatorial candidates will be allowed to file their COCs at the main office.
Congressional and gubernatorial candidates will file their COCs at the Comelec's regional offices.
Those running for mayor, vice-mayor and councilor will file their COCs at the poll body's municipal offices.
Brillantes also reminded candidates to complete their requirements. Those running under political parties should have their certificates of nomination with them.
The Comelec asked the candidates not to bring too many supporters, as only candidates and their legal counsels will be allowed to enter their offices. - ANC