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Comelec tells bets: COC filing not a circus
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Comelec tells bets: COC filing not a circus

MANILA, Philippines, October 11 ------ While the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to accept, starting today, the certificates of candidacy (COCs) that will be filed by those who will run in next year’s midterm elections, an official of the poll body warned that the filing should not be turned into a “circus of the supporters.” “We don’t want this event to be disorderly and chaotic. However, we cannot control what the aspirants and supporters will do outside our office,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said yesterday. He was referring to the Comelec main office at Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila where senatorial bets will file their COCs.

Party-list groups are also expected to submit their Certificates of Nomination and Certifications of Acceptance of Nomination at the Comelec main office. To minimize the crowd in the building, Jimenez said senatorial aspirants have been told to bring only four companions each while the five nominees of party-list groups may each be accompanied by five individuals. Jimenez has appealed to the candidates “to take the initiative” to tell their supporters to exercise restraint while they are outside the Palacio. “There are last-minute preparations currently being done but we are ready. We’ve been looking forward to the (filing set for Oct. 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17),” Jimenez said.

According to Jimenez, Comelec expects “major names” to file COCs during the five-day filing period, unlike in the past when candidates waited for the last day. “We foresee the filing to be spread out. We expect that there will be major names on every day of the filing because they don’t want to steal the spotlight from each other,” Jimenez claimed. Jimenez added that the Comelec expects more COCs for senators to be filed, based on the interest manifested by many individuals for the position. The filing of COCs is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.