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Aquino favorite Roxas files papers to run in Philippine presidential election

  • Former Interior and Local Government Secretary and now a presidential candidate Mar Roxas, left, and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo flash the "L" sign for "Laban" meaning Fight! after filing their certificates of candidacy for next year's presidential elections  Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Roxas and Robredo are the candidates of the ruling Liberal Party. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Former Interior and Local Government Secretary and now a presidential candidate Mar Roxas, left, and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo flash the "L" sign for "Laban" meaning Fight! after filing their certificates of candidacy for next year's presidential elections Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Roxas and Robredo are the candidates of the ruling Liberal Party. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Interior and Local Government Secretary and now a presidential candidate Mar Roxas,center, and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, second from left, hold their  respective certificates of candidacy shortly after filing before the Commission on Elections Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Roxas and Robredo are the standard-bearers of the ruling Liberal Party for next year's presidential elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Former Interior and Local Government Secretary and now a presidential candidate Mar Roxas,center, and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, second from left, hold their respective certificates of candidacy shortly after filing before the Commission on Elections Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Roxas and Robredo are the standard-bearers of the ruling Liberal Party for next year's presidential elections. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Interior and Local Government Secretary and now a presidential candidate Mar Roxas waves to supporters as he arrives with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to file his certificate of candidacy for next year's presidential elections at the Commission on Elections Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Roxas and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo are the candidates of the ruling Liberal Party. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Former Interior and Local Government Secretary and now a presidential candidate Mar Roxas waves to supporters as he arrives with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to file his certificate of candidacy for next year's presidential elections at the Commission on Elections Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Roxas and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo are the candidates of the ruling Liberal Party. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the administration bet in next year's Philippine presidential race, has registered his candidacy as election fever heats up in one of Asia's most rambunctious democracies.

President Benigno Aquino III heard mass with Roxas and his running mate Rep. Leni Roberedo, and family members at the Manila Cathedral Thursday before they filed to run at the Commission on Elections office across the church. Roxas and Robredo are running under Aquino's Liberal Party.

The elections commission says 60 people have registered to run for president and 13 for vice president so far. But the commission says most are unknown, add those determined in an evaluation to be "nuisance candidates" who cannot mount a national campaign will be stricken from the candidate's list.

The election is in May.