THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday declared Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) presidential candidate Vetallano Acosta as a nuisance candidate, thus, making the number of presidential aspirants in the May 10 polls to only 9.

“Without embarking on tangential issues by intervenor-movant, we rule to declare petitioner Acosta a nuisance candidate,” part of the 8-page resolution read.

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The decision of the Commission en banc also ordered that Acosta’s certificate of candidacy (COC) be cancelled and his name stricken off from the official list of candidates for President.

The poll body added if they will allow Acosta to run they will put the electoral exercise in derision.

“The unfolding of events and the actions of petitioner Acosta during the hearings convinced us now to allow him to run would be of no good to the country as his candidacy only puts the electoral in mockery,” they said.

Likewise, they also sided with the statement of Acosta’s running-mate Jay Sonza in declaring the former as nuisance candidate.

“More so when the vice-presidential candidate of such party, his supposed running mate, has repeatedly expressed that he is not supporting the standard bearer of such party,” the Comelec said.

The Comelec furthered what made them decide to delist Acosta from the roster of presidential aspirants, for his scarcely appearance in the Commission during the hearings of the case.

“Finally, this Commission finds bizarre petitioner Acosta’s actuations during the hearings of the instant motion. Instead of trying to become more popular in the campaign period, petitioner Acosta being a complete unknown has made himself scarce to the media and the public in general," the commission said.

"He has chosen to ignore the importance of the proceedings by scarcely appearing in the Commission, giving excuses such as ‘having to attend some urgent matters in connection with his candidacy and failing to obey the Commissions’ order to furnish it with documents in support of his biodata,” the decision read. (FP/Sunnex)