The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, January 7 released the list of at least 40 rejected senatorial candidates, including those tagged as “nuisance” candidates, according to its spokesperson.
“More than 40 have been disqualified for the Senate race,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters.
However, Jimenez didn’t reveal the identity of the rejected candidates but said that the final list of candidates, including those running for local positions, should be ready in time for the printing of official ballots by the end of the month. He also added that the number of party-list groups seeking to join the May polls was down from 185 to 168 as of Monday.
Jimenez also addressed that Comelec’s law department alone already sought to deny the candidacies of 95 senatorial aspirants deemed as “nuisance,” mainly for supposedly lacking the financial capability to run a nationwide campaign.
Meanwhile, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is also facing petitions which leads him to no longer seek reelection in the coming midterm elections. Also, the Comelec’s campaign finance office also sought the perpetual disqualification for former Sen. Sergio Osmeña III for allegedly twice failing to submit his campaign expense reports for 2010 and 2016.
“We’re only waiting for the certificate of finality for the decisions that have been released by the Comelec,” Jimenez said.