By Analou De Vera
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued rules and regulations on the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the May 2019 national and local elections.
The poll body said that the filing of COCs will start on October 1 until October 5, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as stated in its Resolution No. 10420 which was promulgated last Friday.
“No person can run for the position of senator, member of the House of Representatives, provincial, city, municipal, or ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) regional official unless such aspirant accomplishes and files a sworn COC in the form prescribed by the Commission,” the resolution read.
The Comelec said that an individual holding a public appointive office or position, including active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other officers and employees in government-owned or controlled corporations, will be considered resigned from their posts at the start of the COC filing. Elected officials will not be considered resigned from their position.
The poll body also noted that no COCs shall be filed through mail, electronic mail, or facsimile.
The resolution also stated that aspirants should file their COCs and must provide five copies in the following offices;
°For senators and party-list representatives, they must submit their COCs to the Comelec law department.
°Aspirants for the House of Representatives districts in the Metro Manila must submit their COCs to the regional election director, National Capital Region.
°Candidates for House of Representatives districts outside the NCR, which comprise one or more legislative districts, must submit their COCs to the office of the city election officer.
°Provincial official aspirants must file their COCs to the respective provincial election supervisor.
°Aspirants for the City and Municipal official positions must file their COCs to the city or municipal officer concerned.
°For governor and vice-governor hopefuls in ARMM they must file their COCs to the office of the ARMM regional election director.
°For those who want to be part of the ARMM regional legislative assembly, they must submit their COCs to the office of the ARMM provincial election supervisor concerned.
Meanwhile, an aspirant who wish to withdraw his candidacy must provide a sworn statement of withdrawal in five copies, to be submitted to the office where he/she filed the COC.
Moreover, “an official candidate of a duly registered PP (political party) or Coalition who dies, withdraws, or is disqualified for any cause after the last day for the filing of COCs may be substituted by a candidate belonging to, and nominated by, the same PP or Coalition,” the resolution stated.
The substitute, based on the said circumstances, “may file a COC for the Office affected on or before November 29, 2018 so that the name of the substitute will be reflected in the official ballots,” the resolution further stated. The Comelec said that independent candidates are not allowed to have a substitute.