COMELEC-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Director Julius Torres said that the field offices are prepared to accept COCs from the different aspiring officials from the provincial level down to the city and the municipalities on October 11 and 12 and on Oct. 15-17 only.
Aspiring candidates in the region will be filing their intentions to run for public office in the different positions that include the lone district representative of the six provinces and one city, provincial governor, vice governor and board members, city/ municipal mayor, and vice mayor and councilors.
Torres said they do not foresee any untoward incident or any problem in the different areas in the Cordillera but they are expecting some questions or inquiries on the new items included in the COCs.
He appealed to the candidates to answer truthfully and provide details if necessary. “Sagutin lang nila kung ano ang hinihiling, huwag silang magsinungaling,” Torres said.
He reminded the candidates that they file their COCs under oath, and should not fill any false information that would be grounds for the cancelation of their COCs.
Baguio City Election Officer John Paul Martin explained guidelines for the filing of COCs.
Candidates should prepare at least seven copies of their COCs which are duly notarized by a lawyer. The COCs include pass port size ID photo, and a P30.00 documentary stamp and the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance for aspirants belonging to political parties.
Martin reminded that incomplete COC shall not be accepted and shall not be stamped “received” on the time it is filed.
Meanwhile, Police Regional Office – Cordillera Regional Director PCSupt. Rolando Nana reported that police personnel are deployed to the different COMELEC offices in the entire region for the scheduled filing of COCs.
Nana said police visibility will be ensured to maintain the peace and order situation in the different COMELEC offices region wide even with the generally peaceful situation in the recent barangay elections. By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)