Com­elec: Mur­der raps can’t dis­qual­ify Daraga mayor

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THE Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) said Fri­day, Jan­uary 4, that the mur­der charges filed against Daraga Mayor Carl­wyn Baldo will not be enough to dis­qual­ify him from run­ning anew in the May midterm polls.

Com­elec spokesman James Jimenez said the charges filed against Baldo by the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) over the killing of Ako Bi­col party-list Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rodel Ba­to­cabe has no sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the sta­tus of Baldo’s may­oral bid.

“A can­di­date can­not be dis­qual­i­fied on the ba­sis of a crim­i­nal com­plaint alone,” he said.

“No sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the of­fi­cial sta­tus of his can­di­dacy,” he added.

Jimenez said only a fi­nal ad­verse rul­ing by the court will re­sult in Baldo’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“There must be a fi­nal con­vic­tion for a can­di­date to be dis­qual­i­fied,” he said.

On Thurs­day, Jan­uary 3, PNP Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde tagged Baldo as the mas­ter­mind in the killing of Ba­to­cabe last De­cem­ber 22.

Mur­der and frus­trated mur­der charges were then filed by the PNP against Baldo and six oth­ers at the Al­bay Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice.

Both Baldo and Ba­to­cabe are run­ning for Daraga mayor in the forth­com­ing midterm elec­tions.

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