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Comelec's resolution on substitution lauded

VETERAN election lawyer Romulo Macalintal praised the resolution of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) prohibiting the substitution of candidates after the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (CoC).

«The Supreme Court upheld Comelec's authority to set a deadline for substitution as part of its constitutional mandate to enforce and administer all laws and regulations relative to the conduct of elections,» he said.

He added that the practice of substituting candidates until the deadline of filing CoCs by some political parties is a mockery of the election system.

Atty. Romulo Macalintal

«I am very happy Comelec has properly implemented it. It takes an election law practitioner in the person of Comelec Chair George Erwin Garcia to put order in our electoral processes for which he should be congratulated and admired,» Macalintal said.

The Comelec en banc unanimously approved the ban on substitution of candidates after the last day of filing of CoCs during its regular session on Wednesday.

The filing of CoCs for next year's polls will be from October 1-8.