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Comelec declines to name winners

THE Commission on Elections has suspended the proclamation of about 580 winners in the last village polls due to pending disqualification cases filed at the poll body.
Lawyer Esmeralda Ladra, head of the Comelec law division, said the commission decided to suspend the proclamation of the winners because most of them are not registered voters and village officials on their third and last term.
Of the 580 winners, 444 of them are not registered while 85 already finished their three-term limit and the others have criminal convictions.
The winners with suspended proclamations were mostly from the Central Mindanao region and Metro Manila.
Esmeralda said the data received by her office was a partial report and may change depending on the merit of the disqualification cases filed against the candidates involved.
The poll body will decide on the cases before Nov. 30 when the terms of the incumbent barangay officials end.
Days before the Oct. 28 village polls, Comelec officials warned village officials on their third and last term that they may be charged with perjury and be disqualified if they try to seek a fourth term.
The commission posted in its official website a list of barangay officials who are currently on their third and last term. The list was provided by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Commisioner Christian Robert Lim said the Omnibus Election Code stated that the term of office of village officials, as well as members of the youth council, shall be for three (3) years.
“If you are a three-termer and you filed a COC, you’re not eligible. That’s material misrepresentation. It’s an election offense. It’s also perjury and at the same time, ground for disqualification,” he said.

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