MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold accountable Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) candidates once they declare under oath that they are not related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national or local official.
The accountability will be based on the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) form prepared by the Comelec wherein it has included a statement to be sworn into by an aspiring bet stating that he/she is not related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national and local official.
“I am not related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, city, municipal, or barangay official in the locality where I seek to be elected to,” said the statement in the COC to be used by SK candidates.
It can be recalled that in a previous interview, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they will use such statement in the COC as a “warranty” by the SK bets.
“If it will eventually be proven that they have elected relatives in office, that will be a ground for their disqualification,” Bautista said.
Under the SK Reform Act of 2015, it is stated that candidates for SK should not be related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national and local official in the locality where he/she seeks to be elected.
The said provision is being seen as the first anti-political dynasty measure that is being implemented in the country in relation to an utter declaration in the 1987 Constitution saying that the State shall “prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”
According to Comelec Resolution No. 10162, no person may run for the position of Barangay chairman, Barangay kagawad, SK chairman, and SK kagawad unless he or she files a sworn COC using the form provided by the commission.
Filing of COCs is scheduled from Oct. 3 to 5 at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the city/municipal Offices of Election Officers (OEOs).
“In cities/municipalities, where there are two or more election officers, the COC shall be filed with the OEO of the district having jurisdiction over the aspirant’s barangay,” said the Comelec resolution promulgated on Aug. 16.
Three copies of the COC shall be filed personally by the aspirant or through a duly-authorized representative, who should be armed with a sworn and signed Authority to File COC.
“No COC filed by mail, electronic mail, or facsimile shall be accepted,” said the resolution.
The Comelec said there is no filing fee that will be imposed for the COC filing.
Upon filing of the COC, an individual holding a public appointive office or post shall be considered ipso facto resigned and must vacate the office immediately.
On the other hand, a person holding an elective office or position shall not be considered resigned upon filing his/her COC. Leilani Junio/PNA/northboundasia.com