Comelec names 63 candidates for 2019 senatorial elections

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 31 2019 02:42 PM | Updated as of Feb 01 2019 08:31 PM

MANILA— The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday released a final list of 63 senatorial candidates, which includes a former senator facing perpetual disqualification.

The list, which will be printed on the official ballots starting Feb. 7, was down from 76 following the removal of 13 names earlier considered as “nuisance” candidates.

The Comelec also gave 134 party-list groups the go-signal to participate in the May elections, with the leftist Bayan Muna occupying the No. 1 slot on the ballot.

The group of Mocha Uson, a former communications assistant secretary (mocha uson), was picked last at 134th in the ballot order.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the list was “final.”

It included former Sen. Sergio Osmeña III, who was facing “perpetual disqualification” for allegedly failing to file his campaign expense reports twice, first in 2010 and again in 2016.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III was also on the list despite 2 petitions claiming he was no longer eligible to run in May.

The petitioners argued he was on his second and last term after assuming office in 2011.