Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said it will be the decision of the local Comelec office to accept or not the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) that will be filed by suspended Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, if he decides to run for the same position in the May 2016 polls. “We’ll let the Makati Comelec to judge and decide on what to do as I’ve said how can one react if he/she has not seen the order,” he said.
The poll body chief was referring to the Oct. 9 dismissal order of the Office of the Ombudsman against Binay for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. “At this point I don’t what to engage in speculation. As I said hindi ko alam kung saan pinadala ang order. Ako mismo hindi ko alam kung saan pinadala,” he said.
Bautista noted that the filing of the COCs was part of the ministerial responsibility of the poll body.
“The filing of the COC is a ministerial responsibility on the part of Comelec. Even if we accept one’s COC hindi ‘yan nagbibigay sa ‘yo ng karapatan or vested rights para tumakbo. So ibig sabihin pwede pa nga na magkaroon ng kaso laban sayo for disqualification or pwede ka madisqualify,” he explained.
The filing of the COC for those who will run in the national and local polls will begin on Monday, Oct. 12 and will run until Friday, Oct. 16 during office hours or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.