Comelec eyes controlling number of nat'l candidates' companions in COC filing

October 7, 2015 10:05 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Oct. 6 (PNA) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering the imposition of a control on the number of companions by national candidates who will be filing their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) at the Comelec Main Office in Intramuros, Manila next week.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they would ask candidates to limit to only three the number of their companions in their filing of COCs.

“The rule is that the candidate can bring three members only… either his or her immediate family or lawyer. So limited to three lang (So, it is only limited to three),” he added.

The poll body chief noted that they will set up video wall outside the Palacio del Gobernador building so that supporters will be able to see what is happening inside and need not go inside the premises.

“Yung mga supporters, ang gagawin natin is maglalagay kami ng mga TV sa labas para makita ng mga supporters. Hindi na nila kailangan pumasok para makita nila kung ano ung nangyayari sa loob (We will put TVs outside {the Comelec office so supporters can see what's happening inside. They won't have to go inside the office.),” Bautista said.

In past events, individuals filing their COCs usually bring with them groups of people including family members, party mates, and supporters.

The period for the filing of COCs for the May 2016 polls has been set from October 12 to 16.

Meanwhile, the Comelec said that Vice President Jejomar Binay can still file his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) in case he will be arrested.

Commissioner Christian Lim noted that Binay could authorize someone to file his COC for him if ever he will be arrested.

“If a person is detained, he/she is allowed to file a COC through an authorized representative. Our resolution on the filing of COC expressly allowed that. So, it will not stop the filing of COC,” he said in a press briefing.

The Omnibus Election Code provides that “no person shall be eligible for any elective public office unless he files a sworn COC.”

Under existing rules, a COC may be filed by the candidate personally or by his duly authorized representative, whose authority shall be in writing and under oath.

Binay disclosed that he has received information that he would be arrested before or after the filing of the COC to allegedly discredit his presidential bid.

He is facing plunder charges at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged anomalies during his tenure as mayor of Makati City. (PNA)

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