Tomawis, Colmenares first opposition senatorial bets to file COCs


MANILA, Philippines –  Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc Tomawis and human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares were the first opposition senatorial candidates to file their certificates of candidacy (COC) on Thursday, October 11. 

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