Poll lawyer wants filing of COCs rescheduled

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2012 10:58 AM | Updated as of Sep 19 2012 07:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal wants the Commission on Elections to delay the period of filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) on October 1-5.

Macalintal said he has a letter request addressed to the poll body, explaining his reasons for the request.

"Political parties have no lineup yet and may result to hasty selection of candidates thus sacrificing quality of bets," he said.

He also pointed out that in the May 2010 polls, COCs were filed on November 2009 when the Comelec was testing nationwide poll automation for the first time. 

He said government employees will just "circumvent  the rule requiring they resign from appointive public office by having others file now and withdraw later.”

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez, however, stood by the poll body's timeline.

"We must keep in mind that petitions for disqualification will be filed. Comelec needs time to process that. Filings of COC until December 21 will only be for substitutions - we don't expect that to affect the majority of filings. So those will be considered exceptions," he said.