By Leslie Aquino
Aspirants were reminded by the Commission on Election to use the new form in filing their certificate of candidacy as the old won’t be accepted.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said this after some would be candidates tried to submit to the poll body the old COC form on Thursday, the first day of the filing of COC for the May 2019 midterm polls.
One of the said candidates was former police officer Abner Afuang who later returned and successfully filed his COC.
“There is a candidate earlier who unfortunately filed the wrong form…so the person was advised to fill out the new form. His candidacy was not rejected…he was just advised to fill out the new form,” he told the media covering the COC filing for senators at the Comelec main office Intramuros, Manila.
“If you filled out the wrong form, its as if you didn’t file COC. That’s why we asked them to fill out the new form,” added Jimenez.
The new forms, he said are available at the Comelec field offices.
“We also have a supply of forms here. There is also an area there where they can fill out the form,” Jimenez said.
The new COC form includes a new question wherein applicants are being asked if they have had a history of being slapped with a perpetual disqualification penalty.
Question #22 in the COC forms states: “Have you ever been found liable for an offense which carries with it the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification to hold public office which has become final and executory?”
Aspiring candidates should answer the question by ticking the “yes” or “no” box.
Under the law, no person can run for an elected position unless the aspirant accomplishes and files a sworn COC in the form prescribed by the COMELEC.