NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Negros Occidental has disqualified 5 aspirants from the 2016 elections.
Lawyer Jessie Suarez, provincial election supervisor, said that the poll body served notices of disqualification to one who filed candidacy for senator and 4 who wanted to run for provincial and mayoral posts.
Alberto Rojo, who is from Barangay Taculing in Bacolod City, filed his certificate of candidacy for senator but was declared a nuisance candidate, Suarez said. To begin with, aspirants for national positions should have filed their COCs with the Comelec central office in Manila.
Suarez said the final notice of disqualification was served to Rojo in December.
In the province's 4th district, Comelec also served notices of disqualification last month to Angel Francisco Rodriguez, who filed for provincial board member, and Enrique Erobas, who filed for congressman.
The poll body also issued notices of disqualification to mayoral candidates Maria Luisa de la Cruz of Toboso town and Ramon Lacson Jr of Salvador Benedicto.
Meanwhile, 10 aspirants for various positions in the province withdrew their candidacies: