Comelec to publish names of three-term barangay officials online-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
IN A hope of discouraging barangay officials that are already on their third terms from furthering their stay, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to publish their names for everyone's consumption.
In a press briefing Wednesday, Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim and Grace Padaca disclosed their plans to make the public know if their barangay officials are already overstaying or not.
"We are asking for a soft copy of the three termers para ma-upload namin sa website ng Comelec para we can ask the public to help us identify three-termers," said Padaca.
"Sa monitoring, kailangan talaga namin ng tulong ng public. At the same time, pag pinublish mo, at least alam na ng tao kung sino yung overstaying. Sana mahiya naman kayo mag-file ng COC," Lim said.
But based on the initial data from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), they have already found 281 three-termers in the National Capital Region (NCR); 275 in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula); 189 in Region 11 (Davao Region); and 183 in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).
Section 2 of Republic Act 9164 or An Act Providing for the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections provides that: No barangay elective official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms in the same position.
And if three-termers insist on filing their COCs, the poll body said they also will not hesitate in running after them for possible criminal cases, aside from disqualification.
"The main office will decide to file motu proprio [on its own accord] the cancellation of the certificates of candidacy of these sitting third termers… but this will not pre-empt also other candidates or voters from filing cases," said Lim.
On the other hand, three-termers that filed their COC could face possible perjury and election offense cases.
According to Lim, it could constitute an election offense since it is a commission of material misrepresentation.
"Pwedeng sabihing material misrepresentation kasi sa COC sinasabi mo na eligible ka tapos hindi ka pala eligible," said the official.
As for perjury, Lim said it is a possible case since the act of filing the COC, which states that the candidate is eligible, is being done under oath. (HDT/Sunnex)