It's final: Syjuco out of 2016 presidential race


MANILA – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision declaring former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) head Augusto Syjuco Jr. as a nuisance candidate in the presidential race.

The high court dismissed Syjuco's petition for restraining order and/or injunction against the Comelec, which earlier ruled that Syjuco has ''no bona fide intention to run for president."

The Comelec, in disqualifying Sjyuco, said the former TESDA chief and lawmaker failed to file a certificate of nomination and acceptance from a political party.

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Likewise, the high court also dismissed the petitions of the groups United Towards Organic Development Inc., Bantay Laban sa Kriminalidad, Ang Kaliwat Partylist, Koalisyon at Aksyon Nag-iimpok para sa Ekonomiya at Gabay ng mga Organisasyon ng Sambayanang May Yamang Oras [1-KANEGOSYO], and Kapisanan ng mga Netizens sa Filipinas Inc., whose applications for registration were denied by the Comelec.

The SC said Comelec did not act with grave abuse of discretion in disqualifying Syjuco and rejecting the party-list applications of the above mentioned groups. - report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News