THE Supreme Court has dismissed a petition filed by senatorial aspirant Fernando Diaz against the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which disqualified him due to his financial incapability to mount a national campaign.
In a resolution released by the court, the magistrates said that Diaz failed to support his claim that the Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion when it declared him a nuisance candidate on Dec. 3 and 17.
The court said that Diaz failed to sufficiently prove he has the capacity to mount a viable campaign.
The court said that while Diaz allegedly claimed to have at least P118.8 million in ready campaign funds, the Comelec observed that a large portion of the amount was just monetary pledges and is not yet within his disposal.
“Pending determination of who shall be the authorized signatories of the political party Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, of which Diaz alleged to be the official nominee, the Comelec correctly ruled that it could not pass upon the validity of the said nomination,” the court said.
The high court said that assuming there were other parties that invited Diaz as a guest candidate, the fact remains that Diaz is not a member of any political party to support his candidacy.