Com­elec not re­leas­ing copies of COCS, just names of bets

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories -

THE Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) will not re­lease the copy of the cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy (COC) of the can­di­dates to any­body.

This was stressed by Ba­colod elec­tion regis­trar Mavil Ma­jaru­con-sia af­ter she re­ceived a let­ter from a res­i­dent here re­quest­ing the COCS of the Grupo Pro­greso (GP) led by Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia.

Ma­jaru­con-sia said they can only re­lease the names of the can­di­dates, but not the copy of the COC be­cause of the Data Pri­vacy Act or an act pro­tect­ing in­di­vid­ual per­sonal pri­vate sec­tor, cre­at­ing for this pur­pose a na­tional pri­vacy com­mis­sion, and for other in­for­ma­tion in in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems in the gov­ern­ment and the pur­pose.

She said she re­ceived a let­ter from Edgar Cada­gat yes­ter­day re­quest­ing the copy of the COCS of Leonar­dia.

“I will still have to for­ward the re­quest to the Com­elec re­gional of­fice,” she added.

Ma­jaru­con-sia noted that Cada­gat also failed to cite the pur­pose of his re­quest.

She said in the pre­vi­ous elec­tions, they also re­ceived the same re­quest, but they re­fused to re­lease the COCS of the can­di­dates.

For his part, Cada­gat

said he is ask­ing the copy of Leonar­dia’s COC be­cause, in the pre­vi­ous years, Leonar­dia was con­victed on his ad­min­is­tra­tive case.

“His (Leonar­dia) case was re­versed by the Court of Ap­peals, but I be­lieve that this case is still in the Supreme Court,” he said.

He added they are also plan­ning to file a case be­fore the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man against Leonar­dia for not pay­ing the Pen­jan Builders which was con­tracted by the City Gov­ern­ment dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer mayor Mon­ico Puentevell­a for con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als sup­ply.

On March 23, 2016, Pen­jan Builders was awarded a con­tract by Puentevell­a in the amount of P3.8 mil­lion.

Leonar­dia ear­lier said that when he as­sumed his post in 2016, there were some sup­pli­ers and con­trac­tors had al­ready de­liv­ered their prod­ucts but were un­paid be­cause of some vi­o­la­tions./map

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