Sal­vador Bene­dicto may­oralty bet with­draws COC

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

A MAY­ORALTY can­di­date in Sal­vador Bene­dicto, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal with­drew her Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy (COC) to give way to her party mate.

How­ever, the with­drawal of the COC of re­tired nurse Myrna Castillo and the Cer­tifi­cate of Nom­i­na­tion and Ac­cep­tance of her sup­posed sub­sti­tute, An­to­nio De Je­sus, was not ac­cepted by the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) in Sal­vador Bene­dicto.

Due to this, Castillo and De Je­sus re­port­edly sub­mit­ted their doc­u­ments to the Com­elec pro­vin­cial of­fice.

Pro­vin­cial elec­tions su­per­vi­sor Jessie Suarez ad­vised the elec­tion of­fi­cers to ac­cept all the doc­u­ments and that all the com­plaints will still be ad­dressed by the Com­elec Le­gal De­part­ment in Manila.

The dead­line for the with­drawal of COC and sub­sti­tu­tion of can­di­dates has al­ready ended on Novem­ber 29.

Com­elec said that no sub­sti­tu­tion due to with­drawal shall be al­lowed af­ter Novem­ber 29.

In the same res­o­lu­tion pro­mul­gated on Oc­to­ber 1, the Com­elec said the sub­sti­tute for a can­di­date, who died or was dis­qual­i­fied by fi­nal judg­ment, may file a COC up to mid-day of Elec­tion Day.

This would be ac­cept­able, pro­vided that the sub­sti­tute can­di­date and the sub­sti­tuted can­di­date have the same sur­names.*

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