Mga kababayan, with every day that passes, the 2022 elections grow closer. Election Day is on May 9 of the following year. But, October 8, Friday, saw the end of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy. So, the Presidential Hopefuls for 2022 was a doozy of a list. Do you have a candidate in mind already? Well, a Presidential candidate needs a Vice Presidential candidate!
A lot falls to the shoulders of a President. However, a Vice President will support them through thick and thin. This year, fewer people made a bid for Vice President than President. Yet, we have quite a few hopefuls making a bid for the second-highest position in the country.
Some of the people on this list are not as well-known as others. This list will be updated with more information, of course.
Wilson “Brother Wilson” Amad
Not much is known about this candidate at this time, except that he’s running independently. So, he may or may not be the same Brother Wilson Amad who had to be investigated by the Catholic Church for stigmata in 2019.
Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr.
Many people will recognize Lito Atienza as the father of Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza. Vice presidential candidate Atienza went to the University of Santo Tomas, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. In addition, he has served the Philippines since the late sixties. In 1971, Atienza was the chief information officer for Ramon Bagatsing, the Mayor of Manila. He would serve Mayor Bagatsing for ten years. Then Atienza was appointed General Manager of the National Housing Authority. Also, Atienza served as Environment Secretary. He’s the bet for the PDP-Laban-Promdi-PCM Alliance, and Pacquiao’s running-mate.
Rey Anthony Bereber
Not much is known about him at this time, except that he’s an Independent candidate.
Aeric “Eric” Bernardino
Not much is known about this candidate at this time, except that he’s an Independent candidate.
Arlene Josephine Butay
NOTE: According to The Manila Bulletin, on October 13, Butay had her COCs canceled. She had filed for two positions: Vice President and Senator.
Not much is known about her at this time, except that she is the Vice-Presidential bet of the Partido Lakas ng Masa.
He is best known for petitioning to remove Grace Poe from the Senate, which was ultimately dismissed. Around the same time, Rizalito David also went up against then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, attempting to block the latter from going through with his candidacy. Also, if David’s petition against Poe succeeded, Poe would have been unable to run for President during the 2016 elections. Then, David was labeled a nuisance candidate, and his presidential candidacy canceled. Currently, David is running with the Democratic Party of the Philippines.
Rochelle “Rhona” David
Not much is known about this Independent candidate at this time. In addition, it seems that she’s not a famous figure, nor is she a political or business figure. Also, during the filing, Rhona David carried a picture of a relative who she claimed had perished as a result of President Duterte’s Oplan Tokhang. Oddly enough, David insisted that her name on the ballot be “Medium ng Puti Duwende.” The name may or may not have ties to local folklore.
Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
Go studied management at De La Salle University. But, he ultimately earned a Marketing degree at the Ateneo de Davao University. Since 1998, Bong Go served President Duterte as a personal aide and executive assistant when the latter was still Davao City Mayor. In 2016, after President Duterte was elected into office, Go became Special Assistant to the President. Go became a senator in 2019.
As Duterte did, Go will continue to fight illegal drugs and corruption. But, he also intends to help the economy too. One way he will achieve that is by following through with the Build, Build, Build program. He’s with the PDP-Laban, specifically the Cusi wing. Go’s running mate is Ronald dela Rosa.
Nathaniel “Taniel” Jayoma
Unfortunately, not much is known about this Independent candidate at this time.
Not much is known about this candidate at this time, except that he’s with the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan.
Not much is known about Lague at this time. However, during his interview claimed that he was a radio commentator. He intends to eradicate poverty and corruption. He’s running with the Philippine Green Republican Party, and his running mate is Laurencio Yulaga.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Lagundino
Not much is known about this candidate at this time, except that he’s running independently.
Emmanuel “Manny” Lopez
Unfortunately, not much is known about Lopez at this time. However, he desires to make the Philippines more nationally developed. He intends to stimulate economic activity, thus creating more job opportunities. Lopez is with the Labor Party Philippines.
Unfortunately, not much is known about him at this time, except that he’s associated with the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino.
Princess Sunshine Amirah Magdangal
Magdangal is the president and CEO of the Sulong Katutubo International Foundation, Inc., an organization from Bicol. Not much else is known about her at this time. However, she is with the Philippine Green Republican Party. Her running mate is Leo Cadion.
Unfortunately, not much is known about Navarro at this time. But, she is with the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. Not only that, but Navarro is vying for the vice-presidential seat with a fellow KBL party member, Joel Sison.
Ong, a cardiologist, is best known as Isko Moreno’s running mate in the upcoming elections. Thus, Doctor Ong is with the Aksyon Demokratiko party. He previously ran for senator in 2019. Willie Ong has a YouTube channel with nearly 7 million subscribers. He dispenses health advice from more severe issues such as the Coronavirus to things such as weight loss tips.
Diego Palomares Jr.
Palomares is an Independent candidate. In addition, he is an attorney who made a bid for vice president for the 2016 Philippine elections. However, not much else is known about him at this time.
Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan
The vice-presidential bet of the Liberal Party, Pangilinan is the running mate of Leni Robredo. Pangilinan earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Major in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines Diliman. In addition, Pangilinan studied at the University of the Philippines, earning himself a Bachelor of Laws. Also, he has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Notably, Pangilinan’s history with public service started when he was still a high school student. He then became the youngest councilor for Quezon City’s 4th district. From there, he began a career in politics that stressed the importance of the contributions of the youth. In addition, Pangilinan also looked to the farmers in their struggle to feed the country. So, throughout his political career, Pangilinan created bills that sought to improve the well-being of Filipinos.
Abdullatief “Sultan” Pumbaya
A representative filed his Certificate of Candidacy in Pumbaya’s stead. In addition, COMELEC states that Pumbaya is with the Maharlika People’s Party, despite some sources saying he is running as an Independent candidate. Not much else is known about him at this time, unfortunately.
Elpidio Rosales Jr.
Not much is known about this candidate, except that he’s the vice-presidential bet of the Maharlika People’s Party.
Not much is known about Serapio at this time, except that he’s running with the Katipunan ng Kamalayang Kayumanggi.
Just as with Navarro, Sison is running with the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. Unfortunately, not much else is known about him.
Vicente “Tito” Sotto III
Sotto, who’s with the Nationalist People’s Coalition, studied at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Sotto graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English. Notably, he had a career in music before he started his career as a politician.
Initially, Sotto was elected as Vice Mayor of Quezon City. Afterwards, he became a Senator, serving the Philippine Senate for four terms up to the present time.
Not much is known about this Independent candidate at this time.
Lyle Fernando Uy
Not much is known about him at this time. However, he is with the Lakas-CMD party, with Anna Capella Velasco vying for president. However, as with Velasco, Uy is a placeholder candidate.
Leandro “Jun” Verceles, Jr.
Not much is known about this Independent candidate at this time, except that he is a Congressman and Governor from Catanduanes.
Melodino “Dino” Villanueva
Not much is known about this Independent candidate at this time. However, he used to be a security guard.