As my friend pointed out, today is the real eve of the election period which begins tomorrow. So, here’s what happened today.
More people came to file their applications for Gun Ban exemption. As expected, even in this matter – and even after everyone whined long and loud about how difficult it was to beat the December 31 deadline for registration – people end up trying to beat the deadline. Although of course, there is no actual deadline, just a psychological one.
Several reporters – print and braodcast – asked me how things were going. I said things were going fine, and most of them were pretty skeptical. Almost all of them tried to get me to say that things were getting crazier as the starting gun on the election period got closer to being fired off, but sadly, I was unable to accomodate their request. Things are actually pretty calm around here since everything is in place for Monday, the start of the filing of candidacy. So, most of the offices are as quiet as they would be on any ordinary day.
Incidentally, the COMELEC office in Intramuros is open for business today, offsetting the day-off we were given on the feast day of the Black Nazarene.
Also incidentally, I have with me the logbook from the filing of COCs in the 2001 senatorial elections, listing the names of the people who filed certificates of candidacy , in the order they filed.
- 03 January – Magtira, Daniel Ronquillo
- 05 January – Serrano, Bernardo Guansing
- 08 January – Andamo, Nelson; Chavez, Melchor
And so on. The really interesting entries are
- 10 January – Gil, Eddie
- 30 January – Enrile, Juan Ponce
- 08 February – Puno, Ricardo Jr.; Madrigal, Maria Ana Consuelo
- 09 February – Lacson, Panfilo
- 12 February – Honasan, Gregorio; Navarr, Rod (!); Morato, Manuel; Herrera, Ernesto; Magsaysay, Ramon Jr.; Osmena, Sergio III; Chato, Liwayway; Drilon, Franklin; Flavier, Juan; Pangilinan, Francis; Pagdanganan, Roberto; Monsod, Solita; Rasul, Santanina; Yasay, Perfecto Jr; Mercado, Orlando; Recto, Ralph; Adaza, Homobono; Arroyo, Joker; De Castro, Noli; Tanada, Wigberto; Villar, Manuel Jr.; Ejercito-Estrada, Luisa; Defensor-Santiago, Miriam; Angara, Edgardo
And speaking of interesting, also on the very last day, Ernesto Herrera withdrew his candidacy at 11:00 pm, while the very last entry, coming in at very close to midnight, was of a candidate with almost the name of a giant:
Fernando Po Jr.