Charges against officials not ground for disqualification – Comelec

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 29 (PIA) — Administrative charges filed against government officials do not disqualify them from running in the next election.

“Charges against them have no effect in their filing of COCs (Certificate of Candidacies),” Jennifer Balarbar of the Commission on Election (Comelec)—Pangasinan said Thursday.

Even those charges that have already been decided by the court cannot be considered grounds for disqualification as long as the defendant can still appeal, she said during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency office.

Balarbar, a lawyer, explained that disqualification only comes when the charges have reached final judgment, when the defendant failed to appeal within 15 days after the ruling.

Although not grounds for disqualification, charges might serve to sway public opinion against prospective candidates, she added.

The Comelec has set October 1 to 5 for filing of COCs. (PIA-Pangasinan)

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