Long lines mar COC filing in Caloocan
MANILA – It may be a slow work day for Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices in other Metro Manila cities, but it's a different story in District 2 of Caloocan City.
Long lines of angry, tired and hungry candidates for the barangay elections remained outside the Comelec office, with some arriving as early as 3 a.m. on Tuesday just so they could file their certificates of candidacy (COC).
Among the candidates is 79-year-old Luz Manalili Javier, who said she had been at the Comelec office since Monday.
Other people aren't as lucky too. They complained that the Comelec prioritizes candidates armed with a special power of attorney (SPA).
The SPA is for candidates who can't be physically present when they file their COCs. It is used to let another candidate file the COC on their behalf.
But the Comelec said they are simply overwhelmed by the sheer number of candidates that came to their office.
District Election Officer Atty. Dyna Valencia also negated reports that they are favoring candidates with SPAs.
On Monday, Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca said there would be no extension on the filing of the COCs.
She said the schedule is already tight as it is, with the campaign period starting exactly a day after the deadline for the filing of the COC.