SC issues SQA for disqualified local bets over old COC
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed local candidates to pursue their election bids despite being previously disqualified by the Commission on Elections for using the old certificate of candidacy form.
This as the SC granted the temporary relief separately sought by Negros Occidental councilor candidates Nicolas Ponsica Jr. and Merly Iroma; and Shirley Aala, whl also eyeing the same position in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
In a resolution, the SC issued a status quo ante order stopping the Comelec from implementing its resolution that disqualified petitioners from the 2019 elections for using the old COC form.
“Considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petitions, it is necessary and proper to issue a status quo ante order requiring the parties to observe the status quo prevailing before the issuance of Comelec en banc Minute Resolution No. 19-0826 issued last March 6, 2019,” the SC said.
The ruling was issued upon orders of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin since the high court is currently on recess.
In Minute Resolution No. 19-0826, Comelec disqualified local candidates who used the “old format” in filing their COCs that did not have Item No. 22.
Item No. 22 states a question if a particular candidate was disciplined or found guilty or has pending criminal or administrative cases. This question is not present in the old format of the Comelec CoCs.