Toff and Rachel first to file CoCs for their districts
MOVIE and Television Review Classification Board Chairman Rachel Arenas was the first to file her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Oct. 1 as representative of the Third Congressional District.
Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia also filed his COC last Friday for his re-election for a third successive term under the banner of Lakas-CMD (Christian-Muslim Democrats) “to sustain and continue our platforms and programs”.
Arenas said in a statement that, “It is a most auspicious day, to have been the first to file on the first day of the filing period; and on the first day and First Friday of this month of October. We hope that we will be blessed with many more firsts ahead! .”
She added, “ It is with great hope and determination that the forthcoming election will enable us to continue our service to our constituents, towards bigger and brighter days ahead for our people”.
Arenas was accompanied to the Commission on Elections provincial office here by her mother, Deputy Speaker Rose Marie Arenas.
The young Arenas also held the position of congresswoman and was succeeded by her mom who is now in her third successive term.
Arenas is running under PDP-Laban.
Meanwhile Rep. de Venecia reiterated his commitment to focus on “burdens brought about by the pandemic.”
“With the pandemic still upon us, I will continue to do everything in my capacity as your congressman to provide support, assistance, and opportunities that will ease the burdens brought about by this crisis,” de Venecia, son of former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr and former congresswoman Gina de Venecia, said in a statement.
The young de Venecia said that for two consecutive terms, he believes that he has done his best in forwarding the concerns of his district in the Lower House through the various bills and resolutions that he has principally authored and co-authored.
He said some of the measures that he co-authored in the 18th Congress have been signed into law by President Duterte like Republic Act No. 11519 or An Act Establishing An Economic Stimulus Strategy For The Country’s Growth And Development In The Aftermath Of Covid-19 And Providing Funds Therefor Or Popularly Known As The Bayanihan 2 and Republic Act No. 11535 or An Act Making The Position Of A Cooperatives Officer Mandatory In The Municipal, City And Provincial Levels, Amending For The Purpose Republic Act No. 7160.
Others have been approved on third and final reading like his pet bills, the Philippine Creative Industries Development Bill and the Young Farmers and Fisherfolk Challenge Bill.
“You can expect that I will remain steadfast in pushing for these measures in the remaining months of the 18thCongress,” he added. (Leonardo Micua/Eva Visperas)
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