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Filipinos begin race for presidency, 18,000 other congressional and local government offices

  • Philippine Vice-President and now presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, left, and running mate Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan flash the No. 1 signs as they emerge from the Commission on Elections after filing their respective certificates of candidacy for next year's presidential elections Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Binay and Honasan were the first candidates to file their candidacy before the Commission on Elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine Vice-President and now presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, left, and running mate Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan flash the No. 1 signs as they emerge from the Commission on Elections after filing their respective certificates of candidacy for next year's presidential elections Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Binay and Honasan were the first candidates to file their candidacy before the Commission on Elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine Vice-President and now presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, second from right, eats breakfast known as "boodle fight" with informal settlers prior to filing his certificate of candidacy for next year's presidential elections Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Binay and running mate Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan were the first candidates to file their candidacy before the Commission on Elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine Vice-President and now presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, second from right, eats breakfast known as "boodle fight" with informal settlers prior to filing his certificate of candidacy for next year's presidential elections Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Binay and running mate Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan were the first candidates to file their candidacy before the Commission on Elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine Vice-President and now presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, left, and running mate Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan show their respective certificates of candidacy at the start of the weeklong filing of candidacy for next year's presidential elections Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Binay and Honasan were the first candidates to file their candidacy before the Commission on Elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine Vice-President and now presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, left, and running mate Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan show their respective certificates of candidacy at the start of the weeklong filing of candidacy for next year's presidential elections Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Binay and Honasan were the first candidates to file their candidacy before the Commission on Elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

The race for the Philippine presidency next year has begun with the country's vice president being the first major contender to register his candidacy to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.

Vice President Jejomar Binay filed his certificate of candidacy on Monday before Manila's Commission on Elections with Sen. Gregorio Honasan as his vice presidential running mate. The ex-army officer is best known for helping lead a number of failed coup attempts in the 1980s.

President Benigno Aquino III's six-year term ends in June.

At least two other key contenders, Sen. Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, are expected to register their candidacies this week.

Aside from the presidency, more than 18,000 congressional and local posts will be decided in the May 9 elections.