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De Lima, Guingona, Osmeña file COCs for senator


(Updated 3:03 p.m.) Former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Senator TG Guingona on Thursday filed their respective certificates of candidacy (COCs) for senator at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, Manila.

Senator Sergio Osmena III, who's seeking a fourth term as senator, also filed his certificate of candidacy as an independent.

De Lima and Guingona are running under the ruling Liberal Party and were accompanied by one of their parents — De Lima with mother Norma and Guingona with father Teofisto, a former vice president. De Lima was also accompanied by her son Israel.

The two filed hours after LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo filed their respective COCs at the Comelec.

"It’s official. Wala na pong urungan. Tututloy na po ang paglalakbay ni Leila de Lima," De Lima said.

If elected to the Senate, De Lima said she would prioritize attaining justice for the vulnerable, fight corruption, and push for human rights.

"Panahon na po para pasimplehin natin ang sistema ng pag-iimbestiga at pag-uusig nga mga tiwalim iyong may mga kasalanan sa batas," she said.

"Ipaglalaban pa rin po natin ang mga karapatan ng mga bulnerableng sektor, ang mga napapabayaang sektor ng ating society," De Lima added.

Guingona, for his part, said he is seeking re-election so that he can continue guarding the country's coffers.

"Ituloy natin ang laban sa pagbabantay ng pera ng bayan na makatulong sa maraming Pilipino," he said. "Let’s go na with Guingona!"

Guingona chairs several committees in the Senate, including the powerful Committees on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations or the blue ribbon committee.

Osmeña ran and won in 2010 under the Liberal Party senatorial ticket but is now running as an independent.

After signing the Integrity Pledge, the senator posed for photos but refused to give any statement to the media. —NB/KBK, GMA News
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