Comelec contemplates requiring candidates for national positions to post bond

October 14, 2012 10:35 am 

MANILA, Oct. 13 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is thinking of requiring candidates seeking national positions in future polls to post a P1-million bond each "to separate those who are serious and not so serious aspirants."

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that by requiring those filing certificates of candidacy (COCs to post such bond, the poll body would also get rid of nuisance candidates.

“Gusto namin yung mura lang, siguro mga P1 million na bond. Siguro mawawala na yung mga maiingay diyan,” the poll body chief added.

Brillantes also said that for the bond not to be forfeited, a candidate should get a certain number of votes during the actual election.

“Kapag hindi sila nakakuha ng certain number of votes, mapo-forfeit yung bond, pero kung makuha nila, okay lang. Ibig sabihin, hindi sila nuisance candidates. This will prevent the nuisance candidates,” he said.

However, he stressed that it is just an idea. “Iniisip ko pa lang naman, pero hindi na pwedeng i-apply ngayon. Baka sa next elections na lang.”

When asked if they will be charging fees in the filing of COCs in the future, Brillantes said: “Hindi naman pwedeng i-charge. Running for public office is a matter of right. You cannot prevent anybody. Kung sisingilin namin yan, madedemanda pa kami. Anybody who is qualified can run and file a COC.” (PNA)

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