Candidate substitution ‘di mockery sa batas ng eleksyon – Matibag

Candidate substitution ‘di mockery sa batas ng eleksyon – Matibag

October 14, 2021 @ 7:27 PM 3 days ago

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Manila, Philippines – Iginiit ng opisyal ng PDP-Laban na ang mga political party ay maaaring mapalitan kung umatras sa pagkandidato, ayon aniya sa batas ng eleksyon.

Ito ang pahayag ni PDP-Laban secretary general Melvin Matibag sa mga ispekulasyong papalit kay Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa si Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

“If the real intent of the Omnibus Election Code envisioned only those who will die along the way or be disqualified, then why didn’t the lawmakers just state so? It’s that simple. If the law is clear there should be no room for interpretation,” saad ni Matibag.

Nakasaad aniya sa Article IX, Section 77 ng Omnibus Election Code na “if after the last day for the filing of certificates of candidacy, an official candidate of a registered or accredited political party dies, withdraws or is disqualified for any cause, only a person belonging to, and certified by, the same political party may file a certificate of candidacy to replace the candidate who died, withdrew or was disqualified.”

“It’s not a mockery of the elections law if the political parties use every available legal option, or time, for them to finally decide the candidates to field,” dagdag ni Matibag.

 “Any political party can opt to utilize the rule on substitution as it is allowed by law. It is available to everyone without distinction. A mockery is when rules are not applied equally. And every party is entitled to employ its own political strategies.” RNT/FGDC


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