Guidelines for filing of COCs out

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2012 03:04 PM | Updated as of Sep 11 2012 11:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has finished its guidelines for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the May 2013 midterm elections.

The filing is scheduled from  October 1 to 5, from 8 am to 5pm. There will be no extension of the period of filing.

Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said candidates for senator must file at the Comelec main office in Intramuros while candidates for provincial governor must file at the provincial election supervisor.

Candidates for mayor, vice mayor and local officials must file before their respective city and municipal election supervisors while congressmen must file before their district election supervisors.

Sarmiento reminded appointed officials who are seeking elective posts that they are considered resigned from their jobs once they file their candidacies. On the other hand, incumbent elected officials need not resign even after they file their COC.

Sarmiento added that even after the COCs have been filed, candidates may still engage in promotional activities without committing an election offense.

He said prohibitions and regulations on campaigns only take effect during the campaign period.

"This period between filing and campaign period, we call it freedom of expression," he said.

The Comelec en banc met this morning to finalize the guidelines for the filing of COCs.

Meantime, the Comelec will continue its registration of voters among indigenous peoples.

From September 14 to 16, the Comelec will conduct a satellite registration for 15 barangays in Nueva Vizcaya to accommodate some 3,000 indigenous peoples.