Nuisance or not?Comelec notes ‘too early to say’
2016 nuisance candidate Romeo John Ygonia a.k.a “Archanghel Lucifer” | Image grabbed from Archangel Lucifer for President Facebook page
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is still premature to declare if a political aspirant is nuisance until the filing period is completely over.
Also, the poll body needs to screen all the filed certificates of candidacy (COC) before it identifies who among them are considered nuisance candidates.
“It has to be preceded by a hearing. Kaya kailangan after the filing of certificates of candidacy isa sa pagdadanan ng Law Department ay magre- rekomenda siya ng moto proprio (at) kakasuhan ng Comelec na nuisance,” explained Director James Jimenez, the Comelec spokesperson.
Based on the Omnibus Election Code, the poll body may only file a verified petition to declare a candidate as nuisance five days from the last day of filing of COC.
An election candidate is considered a nuisance under the Section 69 of the Omnibus Election Code if:
he or she has the intent to make mockery of the election process;
he or she has no bona fide intention or good faith to run in the election;
he or she has causes confusion to the voting public through the similarity of his or her name to other registered candidates.
In 2016, the Comelec declared 120 candidates for national positions nuisance.
One of them was Allan Carreon who filed his candidacy for president posing himself as an “intergalactic space ambassador” able to talk to aliens.
Another one was Rizalito David, also a presidential candidate, who was disowned by Kapatiran party under which he filed to run saying it did not field anyone for the national elections. The poll body also found David incapable of financing his campaign.
Other nuisance candidates were Romeo John Ygonia a.k.a “Archanghel Lucifer”; Marita Arilla, a retired teacher who wanted to turn the Philippines into a monarchy for God; and retired policeman Romeo Plasquita who said he was running to get the attention of the government so that he can finally receive his alleged pending five year’s worth of pension as a retiree.
As for the 2019 elections, some previously declared nuisance candidates appeared in the Comelec office today to pursue their dream of public office.
Christian Castro who filed for Senator said his platform is simple: “Piso mula sa puso,” which he claimed is an old advocacy that needs to be revived.
Delfin “King Salam” Tagean, who poses himself as a royal blood, claiming to be the legitimate claimant of the Spratlys Island.
Daniel Martina who tried several times to run for senator said he will advocate Pinoy Rock and he even has this message to Kris Aquino:
“Kris Aquino, kung nanunuod ka ngayon umiibig pa rin ako sa iyo…Eleksyon na naman!” he said.
Last for the first day of filing was Agi Tuana who said she will fight for the rights of banana vendors.
Though the Comelec said it is still too early to judge those who filed for candidacy, the agency assured that candidates will be given time to justify their capabilities before they are declared nuisance.
What is important at this point, Jimenez said, is not money but that genuine intention to serve and present a clear platform in order to gain the votes of the public.
“This not about money. Money is one way to conduct a nationwide campaign but it is not the only way…A person can have less money than someone else and yet be better suited to run a national campaign because you have supporters,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel and Nel Maribojoc)
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