MANILA - The Commission on Elections on Tuesday urged those who would register their candidacy for next year's polls to stick to the 4-companion only rule, which Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go broke.
Go was accompanied by dozens of supporters, including President Rodrigo Duterte and several Cabinet members, when he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator on Monday.
Under Comelec rules, each senatorial candidate may only bring 4 supporters when he or she submits election documents.
The poll body cannot instruct the President to leave behind his Cabinet members and security detail, said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.
"Siyempre si Presidente, di naman natin mapipigilan iyan... Iyung Presidente mahirap iyang ipitin," he told radio DZMM.
(Of course, we cannot stop the President. It will be difficult to bloock the President.)
Other candidates, however, should not cite yesterday's incident so they, too, can break the COC filing rules, said Jimenez.
"Hindi po sila Presidente," he reasoned.
(They are not the President.)
"Mayroon tayong patakaran at kung nagkamali kahapon, hindi na kailangang maulit ngayon," he added.
(We have rules and if there was a mistake yesterday, we need not repeat it.)
Several "big names" are expected to formalize their election bids on Tuesday, Jimenez said.
The deadline for filing COC is on Wednesday, October 17.