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Comelec declares 41 local candidates 'nuisance'

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has detected 41 suspected “nuisance” candidates running for local positions in the 2013 polls, one of them claiming to own the Philippines, while another saying he has superpowers. According to Minute Resolution 12-1101, the Comelec en banc ruled to uphold the decision of the Comelec Law Department, which detected the candidates – 13 from the National Capital Region (NCR), 27 outside NCR, and one from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).  Among these were six aspirants for the House of Representatives, three gubernatorial bets, 21 running for mayor, four for vice mayor, six for Sangguniang Panlungsod/Bayan, and one for Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Commissioner Lucenito Tagle told GMA News Online that these candidates are just wasting the time of the Comelec. “’Pag mga unusual, ‘pag talagang abnormal, talagang tinatanggal namin ‘yan. Makakagulo lang ‘yan. Mahahalata mo naman kung abnormal,” he said. Comelec Resolution No. 9523 defines a nuisance candidate as someone “who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) to put the election process in mockery or disrepute or to cause confusion among the voters by other acts or circumstances is clearly demonstrated to have no bona fide intention to run for office…” One of them is Norgene Jongay Santos, a Sangguniang Panglungsod member aspirant of Parañaque City, who was deemed nuisance because of his “actuations and demeanor.” The Comelec Law Department said that in several instances, Santos was caught talking to himself and saying “ Dapat iyong mga lobo pinapalipad tuwing umuulan para mas magandang tingnan,” and “Magpapa-presscon ako, abangan niyo.” Another is Adolfo Nabayra Padalhin Sr. a mayorial aspirant for Mandaluyong City, who attached in his certificate of candidacy a 1x1 picture instead of the required 2x2 passport size. When told to submit a 2x2 picture, Padalhin reportedly got another 1x1 picture and pasted it beside the already attached picture and “reasoned that 1x1 plus 1x1 equals 2x2.” “We did not accept his reasoning so he was forced to go home to secure the right size of picture,” the Comelec law department said. Meanwhile, mayorial bet Charlie Bucao Talledo of Surigao City claims to have supernatural powers given to him by God. A Sangguniang Panlalawigan bet Eustaquio Buena from Abra meanwhile may lose his chance to run because he allegedly indicated in his COC that he would like to be named in the ballot as “Boy Bueno Aspacio Taking Tacsi” – a name the Comelec found as “weird.” The Comelec law department added that “the Provincial Election Supervisor who is his (Buena) professor caught him talking alone several times and that he often causes irritation even to his classmates as he spreads of nonsense things in class.” Another suspected nuisance candidate is Norberto Ambong Mijares, gubernatorial bet of Davao Del Norte, whose “state of mental health is questionable” because he claims to own the Philippines. He also allegedly indicated in his COC that he works as an “Attorney-in-Fact of Taal Estate.” One snagged his chance to run due to spelling errors in his COC – Bulacan mayorial bet Emmanuel Nicolas Meneses, in his COC, indicated that he works as a “bussines woman.” “[He also] ticked both boxes of natural born and naturalized Filipino citizen referring to his citizenship,” the Comelec said. Meanwhile, Francis Ruedas Monte, vying for Las Piñas representative, was reportedly waiting for her formal nomination with the Lakas-CMD party. “After having filed her COC, she even said ‘Sige ha, hinihintay na ako sa Senate,” Comelec said in the resolution. Others deemed nuisance for various reasons are the following: National Capital Region  
  • Marino Dela Peña Magallanes, mayorial bet for Manila
  • Fidel Carido Cruz, mayorial bet for Manila
  • Onofre Estrada Abad, mayorial bet for Manila
  • Benjamin Polidario Rivera, mayorial bet for Manila
  • James Jaime Marquez Tan, Manila district bet  to the House of Representative
  • Romeo Acebedo, mayorial bet for Quezon City
  • Allan Dilim Bantilo, vice-mayorial bet for Quezon City
  • Fermin Idea, vice-mayorial bet for Quezon City
  • Pilar Fajardo Ebarrete, vice-mayorial bet for San Juan City
  • Junan Umacob Arenasa, Cebu first district representative aspirant
  • Pablo Doronio, Cebu first district representative aspirant
  • Lea Remedios Ong, mayorial bet for Cebu City
  • Bert Leo Abella, Cebu second district representative aspirant
  • Eliseo Sanjorjo Tumulak, Cebu first district representative aspirant
  • Gumersindo Canoy Cañete, Cebu second district representative aspirant
  • Erlinda Sy Sollano, Cebu second district representative aspirant
  • Ricardo Nacor Adlawan. Cebu first district representative aspirant
  • Jose Cida Cane, Cebu second district representative aspirant
  • Miguel Gonzalve Selim, Cebu City mayorial bet
  • Karina Cabahug, mayorial bet for Lapu-Lapu city, Cebu
  • Jones Basbas, mayorial bet for Sison, Pangasinan
  • Felipe Gorospe, vice-mayorial bet for Sison, Pangasinan
  • Francisco Flores, mayorial bet for Cabagan, Isabela
  • Jaime Almera, gubernatorial bet for Bulacan
  • Marciano Pulido, mayorial bet for Mayantoc, Tarlac
  • Marjorie Asensi, Sangguniang Panglungsod bet of the Liberal Party for Lucena City, Quezon
  • Alejandro Ignacio, mayorial bet for Rodriguez, Rizal
  • Nestor Palugod, mayorial bet for Rodriguez, Rizal
Misamis Occidental
  • Elsie Cose Monares, mayorial bet for Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental
  • Benedicto Patiño, mayorial bet for Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental
Surigao Del Sur
  • Alfonso Godito Cuanan, mayorial bet for Cortes, Surigao del Sur
  • Arsad Kabukisan, mayorial bet for Al Barka, Basilan
  • Joel Bersamina, gubernatorial bet for Abra
The Comelec said it is giving these candidates a chance to justify their candidacy not later than three days upon receiving a copy of the resolution. — KBK, GMA News