MANILA, Philippines – Call them the brave ones – candidates who run without a political party that provides machinery and campaign funds.
The Philippines will have less of them in the local races this year compared to 2010.
An extensive count by Rappler shows that there are 12,273 independent candidates running in the 2013 local elections, compared to 13,015 in 2010.
Except for the provincial board member position, the figures across all local posts – from governor to municipal councilor – have gone down as well.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has the most number of independent candidates, with 2,135, down only by 7 from 2,142 in 2010.
Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao take almost three-fourths of the count for ARMM, having 1,046 and 521 independents, respectively, for 2013.
ARMM is followed by the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), with 1,022 independent bets, and Region III (Central Luzon), with 880.
The National Capital Region (NCR) has the least number of independents, with 260, down from 452 in 2010.
The total independent candidates count for 2013 does not include the 40 independent candidates participating in the ARMM regional elections. –with research by Andrea Lynne Reposo and Aliana May Juson/Rappler.com
Michael Bueza is a researcher and data curator under Rappler's Research Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.