Six-day filing period for COCs begins Friday-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
MANILA -- For the next six days starting on Friday, aspirants for the October 28 barangay polls are expected to flock to Offices of City or Municipal Election Officers to file their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).
The period for filing COCs for the barangay elections will begin on Friday and run everyday until the 17th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on October 13, Sunday.
“No person shall be elected Punong Barangay and members of the Sangguniang Barangay unless he files a sworn COC in triplicate form prescribed by the commission,” said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 9740.
Any Filipino citizen who is a registered voter in the barangay where he or she intends to be elected, a resident in the barangay for at least one year prior to Election Day, able to read and write Filipino or any other local language or dialect, and is at least 18 years old on October 28 is qualified to file their COCs.
The Comelec said COC forms are available for free at the office of the election officers (EOs) as well as in the Comelec website where they can be downloaded and printed.
The COC should be filed personally by the applicant or by a duly-authorized representative with a written authorization attached into.
“No COC shall be filed or accepted by mail, electronic mail, telegram or fax,” stressed the Comelec.
After filing, Comelec Resolution 9740 also stated that any appointive government official, including the military and those in government owned and controlled corporations shall be considered resign from office immediately.
Meanwhile, for elected officials, the poll body said they shall be allowed to continue their term despite filing their COCs.
Disqualified from running, though, are pre-identified three-termed incumbent barangay officials as listed in the Comelec website.
Section 2 of Republic Act 9164 or An Act Providing for the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections states that: No barangay elective official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms in the same position.
Aspiring candidates are set to dispute for chairmanship posts in the 42,028 barangays nationwide as well as 294,196 barangay council positions.
To be elected on October 28 are one barangay captain and seven members of the Sangguniang Barangay. (HDT/Sunnex)