MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday imposed a cap on the number of supporters each candidate may bring in filing their certificates of candidacy (COC) to avoid turning the political exercise into a "circus."
Candidates for the 2019 midterm polls are expected to troop to the Comelec office in Intramuros from October 11 to 17 to officially register their intention to join the upcoming elections.
Each senatorial candidate can bring up to 4 companions at the filing area, while party-list candidates can have up to 10 supporters when they submit their COCs, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters.
"Ang goal ng paghahanda (in these preparations) is to make sure the filing is dignified. We don’t want to turn it into circus of supporters," Jimenez said.
"Ayaw natin na maging magulo, ayaw nating maging disorderly kaya natin kino-kontrol ang proseso," he said.
(We do not want it to be rowdy, we do not want it to be disorderly, that is why we are trying to control the process.)
Other supporters who will not be allowed inside the filing area can cheer for their respective bets outside the Comelec building, he said.
"Outside, nananawagan kami sa mga supporters na sila na magkusa na huwag na nating gawing magulo itong proseso na ito," he said.
(Outside, we are calling on supporters to take initiative so that this process won't become disorderly.)