Comelec disqualifies 73 local bets from 2013 polls

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified 73 applicants for local positions for the May 2013 midterm polls.

According to Comelec Resolution 9610, the Comelec noted 63 individuals that are being declared as nuisance candidates while 10 others have been found ineligible for the positions they sought to run for.

"The commission resolves to deny due course to their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) and to cause the immediate cancellation/deletion of their names from the Candidates' Profile System and the Certified List of Candidates for the May 13 elections,” said the resolution.

The applicants declared as nuisance candidates are all Onofre Abad, Felix Cantal, Fidel Cruz, Samuel Gabot, Rodolfo Lim, Marino Magallanes, and Benjamin Rivera all running for Manila City mayor; Fred Bello, Merlita Esquila, Eduardo Garibay, Melanio Gonzales, Arlan Gurnot, Romeo Lapuz, Anastacio Malquisto, Adrian Pangilinan, and Luis Razo all running for Caloocan mayor; Romeo Acebedo, who is running for Quezon City mayor; Allan Bantilo, and Fermin Idea, both running for Quezon City vice mayor; Pilar Ebarrete, who is running for San Juan City vice mayor; and Adolfo Padalhin, who is running for mayor of Mandaluyong City.

Also found to be nuisance candidates are Roberto Aquino, Cherlito Crisostomo, Ferdinand Gundayao, Milagros Pragas, Clearence dela Merced, Edwin Dumalag, Jose Gonzales, Edgar Lim, Serafico Placer, and Joseph Timbol, all running for councilor in Caloocan City; Oscar Marmeto, who is running as Muntinlupa City mayor; Rosendo Ancheta, who is running for Muntinlupa City Vice Mayor; Amelia Aquino, Elmer Claus, Benedicto Laberinto, Ellen Malit, and Ruben Moreno, all running for councilor in Muntinlupa City; and Norgene Santos, who is running for councilor in Parañaque City.

In the provinces, found to be nuisance bets are Antonio Aliangan (governor; Isabela); Jaime Almera (governor; Bulacan); Joel Bersamina (governor; Abra); Jorge Lumongsod (governor; Agusan del Norte); Norberto Mijares (governor; Davao del Norte); Jose Perez (governor; Cagayan); Lilia Uy (governor; Isabela); Jones Basbas (mayor; Sison, Pangasinan); Lea Ong (mayor; Cebu City); Miguel Selim (mayor; Cebu City); Charlie Talledo (mayor; Surigao City); Mark Alvin Tan (mayor; Santiago City, Isabela); and Felipe Gorospe (vice mayor; Sison, Pangasinan).

Also declared as nuisance candidates were Cherwin Calimag (congressman; second district, Cagayan); Mauricio Plaza Jr. (congressman; second district, Agusan del Sur); Juan Arenasa (congressman; first district, Cebu City); Erlinda Sollano (congressman; second district, Cebu City); Eliseo Tumulak (congressman; first district, Cebu City); Eustaquio Bueno (board member; first district, Abra); Bert Abella (councilor; second district, Cebu City); Ricardo Adlawan (councilor; first district, Cebu City); Jose Cane (councilor; second district, Cebu City); Gumersindo Canete (councilor; second district, Cebu City); and Jimmy de Jesus (councilor; Agusan del Sur).

Nuisance candidates are defined as those, whose COCs were found to have been filed "to put the election process in mockery or disrepute or to cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates or by other circumstances or acts which clearly demonstrate that the candidate has no bona fide intention to run for the office."

On the other hand, found to be ineligible to run by the Comelec for failing to meet requirements of the law are Tarajo Abalde (board member; Zamboanga Sibugay); Angelica Jalosjos-Carreon (board member, Zamboanga del Norte); Janine Bustos (councilor; second district, Taguig City); Kimberly Cerafica (councilor; first district, Taguig City); Elvis Magnaye (councilor; fifth district, Quezon City); Jardiya Martele (councilor; sixth district, Quezon City); Mary Kaye Andres (councilor; first district, Marikina City); Juan Rafael Crespo (councilor; first district, Manila City); Marjorie Asensi (councilor; Lucena City, Quezon); and Maria Romeo (councilor; Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte).

To note, the Local Government Code of 1991 provides for the specific qualifications for local candidates such as citizenship, residency period; age; and voter registration.

The Comelec said they came up with the resolution after receiving the consolidated reports from their regional election directors (REDs), provincial election supervisors (PES), and election officers (EOs). (HDT/Sunnex)

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