COTABATO CITY, Philippines - The Commission on Elections has issued Resolution Number 9218 resetting for the third time the date for the filling of certificate of candidacy for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao election.
Comelec first set the filing of COCs on May 9-13. It was again rescheduled on May 14-18.
The new date of filing is on May 19-23, 2011.
The poll body will implement a gun ban starting June 9 to September 7, 2011.
The Comelec resolution was received by Maguindanao provincial election supervisor Estellita Orbase who also received her relief order from the Comelec.
Orbase was replaced by Atty. Udtog Tago from the engineering department of the Mindanao State University in Marawi City.
Comelec-Maguindanao said that the changes on the dates were made to give way to House Bill 4146 to be tackled in the Senate.
On the other hand, Bureau of Public Information-ARMM executive director Ali Macabalang challenged all sectors pro and anti HB4146 to a media forum.
Macabalang called all those who are in support of HB4146 as liars.
"Sinungaling sila...Bakit sinasabing overwhelming ang support ng mga taga-ARMM sa HB 4146 where in fact the legislative assembly na kumatawan sa ARMM passed a resolution to push through the election in the ARMM this August," Mabacalang said.
Meantime, the Maguindanao provincial council urged the Comelec to finalize the date for the special elections in the 17 barangays in Maguindanao which declared a failure of elections in the last October 2010 SK and barangay polls.
Eight of these barangays are in Datu Unsay, 7 in Buldon, 1 in Barira and 1 in Kabuntalan, all in Maguindanao.
Maguindanao Vice-Gov. Dustin Mastura said that the special elections for these barangays should be done before the August 2011 ARMM polls.
"It is the right of the people also here to choose their barangay leaders. As of this time, hold over ang positions sa mga barangay na nagkaroon ng failure of elections," Mastura said.