Comelec says 2nd day of COC filing ‘slow’, expects last-minute filers next week

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2018 10:06 PM

MANILA - The second day of the filing of certificate of candidacy was “slow” and may lead to “a lot of last-minute filers” next week, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said Friday.

Only 10 senatorial candidates and 12 party-list groups filed certificates of candidacy (COCs) today, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters.

“Considering that we had 27 yesterday and only 10 now, it’s a slow day,” he said.

“I don’t know what days are usually auspicious pagdating sa feng shui but maybe this is not one of those days,” he said.

Some candidates may also make use of the weekend to mull over their decision to run for public office.

“Maybe people thought, ‘Let’s give it the weekend to think about it,’ but certainly, after this weekend, the sense of impending end will operate and people will start hurrying things,” Jimenez said.

The Comelec expects “a lot of last-minute filers” next week because it is the “usual experience” in previous elections, he said.

It is too early for the Comelec to decide if it would warrant a deadline extension, he said.

The filing of candidacy was moved to October 11-17 from October 1-5 after the Senate and House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the Comelec to reschedule the procedure.