Thousands of politicians aspiring for national or local positions are expected to troop to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices nationwide to file their respective Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) as the five-day filing period starts on Monday, October 12. With this, Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista reminded national candidates and party-list groups that are going to file their COCs at the Comelec main office at the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila that they will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday until Friday, Oct. 16.
He said that those who will run for president, vice president and senator, will be asked to go to the Project Management Office (PMO) located at the ground floor, where they will be assisted by Comelec personnel in filing their COCs.
“After the filing of COC, the candidate concerned and the media may wish to conduct an interview in which case you can proceed to the interview place which it is at the back of the Palacio. You can engage your candidates in respect of questions…,” Bautista said.
A total of 18,069 positions from president down to local municipal councilor are up for grabs in the May 9, 2016 elections. The national posts at stake are president, vice president and 12 senators.
In the local polls, the positions are as follows: 58 party-list representatives, 235 district congressmen, 81 governors, 81 vice governors and 772 members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board members);
A total of 144 posts for city mayors, 144 city vice mayors, 1,610 city councilors; 1,490 municipal mayors, 1,490 municipal vice mayors, 11,924 municipal councilors; the governor for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); ARMM vice governor; and 24 ARMM assemblymen.
At the same time, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez warned that they will strictly implement the three-companion rule per candidate to make the event as orderly as possible. “We are just doing this to maintain orderliness and to immediately finish the process. We think that they can celebrate outside the venue but in the filing, let’s just do it for filing,” he said.