Sub­mit copy of COC to BIR, bets told

The Philippine Star - - NATION - By EVA VISPERAS – With Celso Amo, Ed Amoroso, Le Phyl­lis An­to­jado/The Free­man

DAGUPAN CITY – Can­di­dates should pre­pare a copy of their cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy (COCs) for sub­mis­sion to the Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue (BIR), ac­cord­ing to an elec­tion of­fi­cer.

Marino Salas, Pan­gasi­nan elec­tion su­per­vi­sor, said can­di­dates are re­quired to sub­mit their COCs to the BIR un­der the Tax Re­form for Ac­cel­er­a­tion and In­clu­sion or TRAIN Law.

Salas said the new re­quire­ment was im­ple­mented dur­ing the barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions last May.

He said can­di­dates should ex­pect a let­ter from the BIR ask­ing for a copy of their COCs.

Salas also re­minded those who will file their COCs to en­sure that it was no­ta­rized, with a doc­u­men­tary stamp and signed.

“They must re­view the in­for­ma­tion re­quired,” Salas said.

The dead­line for fil­ing of COCs is on Wed­nes­day.

Ate Vi seeks re­elec­tion

Mean­while, Batan­gas sixth district rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vilma San­tos-Recto was among those seek­ing re­elec­tion who filed their COCs on Fri­day.

The former gover­nor was ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band Sen. Ralph Recto when she filed her COC.

Al­bay Rep. Joey Sal­ceda filed his COC to seek re­elec­tion.

Al­bay Gov. Al Francis Bichara and out­go­ing Vice Gov. Harold Im­pe­rial both filed their COCs for gover­nor.

ER Ejercito run­ning again

In La­guna, ousted gover­nor Emilio Ra­mon “ER” Ejercito is run­ning to re­gain his post.

Ejercito will be pit­ted against Gov. Ramil Her­nan­dez, who as­sumed the post of gover­nor in July 2014.

The Com­elec un­seated Ejercito for over­spend­ing in the 2013 elec­tions.

Ejercito spent more than P23 mil­lion for his cam­paign, which was in ex­cess of the al­lowed P4.5 mil­lion or P3 per voter, the poll body said.

Cebu third district rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia filed her COC for gover­nor. Her brother Paolo John is vy­ing for the seat in Congress that she will va­cate.

The om­buds­man dis­missed Gar­cia af­ter she was found guilty of grave mis­con­duct in con­nec­tion with the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s pur­chase of a prop­erty in Naga City in Cebu when she was gover­nor.

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