Wannabe leaders: from serious to bizarre

The 11-day filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the 2010 polls drew more aspirants – from the serious to the bizarre – vying for national posts compared to the previous national elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday.

One presidential aspirant Rigoberto Madera Jr., for example, declared that if he gets lucky, he would move on to conquer the US, the United Nations, and eventually the world.

Another presidential hopeful, 73-year-old Manny Lopez, meanwhile, said he’s better than US President Barack Obama.

Alicman Ali, a Maranao running for vice president, said he has the ability to stop the decades-old war in Mindanao.

More established presidential candidates, meanwhile, resorted to gimmickry – from marathons to marching bands to rallies – to make the formalization of their bids noticeable.

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