February 8 marks the official start of the campaign season for those vying for national seats at the May 9 elections. The race is on as presidential aspirants and their vice presidential running mates plus some members of their senatorial slate scatter all over the country to kick off their campaigns. There were proclamation rallies, politicians greeted supporters (and danced) during the motorcade, and Filipinos scrambled online to shout their support for chosen candidates. The campaign period for national positions will end on May 7, two days before election day. Here’s how our presidential aspirants spent their first day of the campaign season.
Vice President Leni Robredo
[A] HERE WE GO! 🌸#AngatBuhayLahat #KulayRosasAngBukas #LeniRobredo10 #LabanLeni2022 #LeniKiko2022 pic.twitter.com/AedKe6vyoa
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) February 8, 2022
VP Leni kicks off the campaign season at her hometown in Camarines Sur, Naga City’s capital. It’s where her husband, the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, sat as mayor for several terms. It’s also VP Leni’s hometown and where she had her three daughters. Streets bled pink as supporters flocked to get a glimpse of VP Leni from her motorcade. Establishments hung pink lanterns, tied pink ribbons everywhere, and put up tarps of the presidential aspirant and her vice presidential running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan. Online, timelines were awash with pink with the hashtag #KulayRosasAngBukas trending. As VP Leni prepares for her proclamation rally also held on February 8, she expressed hope to secure the “solid Bicol” vote.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno
Senator Manny Pacquiao
Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Leodegario “Ka Leody” De Guzman
What’s prohibited during campaign period?
Ngayong Martes nagsisimula ang campaign period para sa national positions. Narito ang ilang bawal gawin sa mga in-person campaigns, ayon sa COMELEC. #Eleksyon2022 pic.twitter.com/czKIQ1r80h
— GMA News (@gmanews) February 8, 2022
Politicians will do everything to win the hearts of Filipinos. Vote buying is always an issue during this period, as well as campaigning by giving people goods and other free stuff. Both, if you’re not aware, are not allowed. Campaigning is also prohibited during Holy Week on April 14, 2022, Maundy Thursday, and April 15, 2022, Good Friday. Read more about the do’s and dont’s during the election period here.
When are the elections?
Halalan 2022 is on May 9, Monday. That leaves candidates three months to woo fellow Filipinos all over the country for their support. Those vying for seats in local posts can start their campaigning from March 25 to May 7, 2022.
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