The Commission on Elections made a clarification that incumbent political appointees need not resign before they file for their Certificate of Candidacy in October.
COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said that according to the law, an appointee, like a member of the President’s Cabinet, is deemed resigned already.
However, the case is different for elected officials, including Senators, they’re not automatically resigned once their file their CoCs, and they can even resume office even after suffering defeat in the elections.
The COMELEC has set the date for the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy for the 2016 Presidential elections from October 12-16.
Prior to this, Vice President Jejomar Binay tendered in his irrevocable resignation for his Cabinet posts in the Aquino administration.
According to Binay’s camp, aside from feeling like the administration’s punching bag, the Vice President is gearing up for his Presidential bid in the 2016 elections.
Following his resignation, some groups are now suggesting that members of the Aquino Cabinet who have expressed their intentions of seeking higher posts, should follow suit. (with DZRH Rita Salonga)