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Comelec disqualifies 73 local candidates


Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) led by Chairman Sixto Brillantes has disqualified 73 local candidates from running in the May 13 mid-term polls.

In Resolution No. 9610, the poll body declared 63 individuals as nuisance candidates while 10 were declared ineligible for the positions they are running.

Declared as nuisance bets are Onofre Abad, Felix Cantal, Fidel Cruz, Samuel Gabot, Rodolfo Lim, Marino Magallanes, and Benjamin Rivera, all running for Manila mayor; Fred Bello, Merlita Esquila, Eduardo Garibay, Melanio Gonzales, Arlan Gurnot, Romeo Lapuz, Anastacio Malquisto, Adrian Pangilinan, and Luis Razo, all running for Caloocan City mayor;

Romeo Acebedo, for Quezon City mayor; Allan Bantilo and Fermin Idea, running for Quezon City vice mayor; Pilar Ebarrete, for San Juan vice mayor; and Adolfo Padalhin, for mayor of Mandaluyong City.

Roberto Aquino, Cherlito Crisostomo, Ferdinand Gundayao, Milagros Pragas, Clearence dela Merced, Edwin Dumalag, Jose Gonzales, Edgar Lim, Serafico Placer, and Joseph Timbol, for councilor in Caloocan;

Oscar Marmeto, for Muntinlupa City mayor; Rosendo Ancheta, for Muntinlupa vice mayor; Amelia Aquino, Elmer Claus, Benedicto Laberinto, Ellen Malit, and Ruben Moreno, all running for councilor in Muntinlupa; and Norgene Santos, for councilor in Paranaque City.

In the provinces, 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).

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).

Found ineligible to run by the Comelec for failure 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); Marjorie Asensi (councilor; Lucena City, Quezon); and Maria Romeo (councilor; Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte).

Nuisance candidates are defined as those whose Certificates of Cadidacy (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.”

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