COMELEC will limit the number of companions of winning senators during the proclamation.
COMELEC — The Commission on Elections will be limiting the number of companions of the winning senators during the proclamation at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum Tent in Pasay City.
In a press briefing on Thursday, May 12, COMELEC Acting Spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said that the poll body will be limiting the companions of winning senators just like what the poll body did during the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC).
“We have to remind our potential senators elect, this time we will be limiting their companion just like what we did during the filing of the certificate of candidacy,” he said. “We are still in a pandemic. We are still under Alert Level 1…we will comply with the minimum public health standards.”
Because of the continued threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the poll body limited the number of companions of COC filers as part of their health and safety measures.
Political candidates from President to Senator were allowed a maximum of 3 companions, while Party-Lists were allowed to have one companion.
Meanwhile, presumptive Philippine president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has invited United States President Joe Biden to attend his inauguration on June 30.
The former senator extended the invitation during a phone call with Biden on May 12 (Manila time).
“I have also invited President Biden to my inaugural on June 30, which could further fortify the relationship of the two countries,” Marcos Jr said in a statement.
During the phone call, Marcos Jr assured Biden that the Philippines has “always held the United States in high regard as a friend, an ally, and a partner”.
In a statement released earlier in the day, the White House stated that Biden expressed his intentions to continue strengthening the alliance between the United States and the Philippines.