SC affirms disqualification of 3 nuisance bets
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, January 26, affirmed the ruling of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify two presidential aspirants and one senatorial aspirant from the May 2016 polls.
In its decision, the High Court said the Comelec "did not act with grave abuse of discretion" when it cancelled the certificates of candidacy (COC) of the 3 petitioners for being nuisance candidates.
Among those disqualified were presidential aspirants Camilo Sabio, former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman; and Vetallano Acosta, who also ran for president in the 2010 polls under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan.
Also barred from the 2016 polls was senatorial aspirant Gion Villamor Gounet.
On January 21, the Comelec released its initial list of presidential candidates on the ballot for the May 9 polls. The list includes 8 presidential bets.
In October 2015, a record-high number of 130 Filipinos filed their COCs for president. – Rappler.com
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