A sitting vice president, three incumbent senators, an actor turned mayor and the son of a deposed dictator are among the candidates running in the running in the national elections next year to replace President Rodrigo Duterte.

A total of 97 hopefuls have filed their Certificates of Candidacy (CoC). The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will announce the final list of candidates in December, after weeding out those incapable of mounting nationwide campaigns.

Considered top contenders are Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, Senator  Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Franciso “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and former Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

Also running are former Duterte spokesman Ernesto Abella, former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, ex-con turned preacher Grepor “Butch” Belgica, labor leader Leodegario “Ka Leody” de Guzman and former Education undersecretary Antonio “Butch” Valdez.

Two individuals both surnamed Marcos have also filed their CoCs, while three Maharlika-related parties, four political parties espousing “federalism’ and one “Green” party have fielded candidates for the country’s top post.

Maharlika is a Malay word that means “warrior class” while federalism is a proposed form of government wherein power is subdivided among states giving them greater autonomy, but all linked to the central government.

Meet the Candidates 

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