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100 aspirants for president, 9 for VP, 96 for senators are nuisance candidates

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MANILA (PHLTODAYUSA/PhilAmPress) — A total of 205 aspirants for national positions in the May 2016 polls have been declared nuisance candidates by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This was disclosed by Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista based on the decisions of the polls body's First and Second Divisions which granted the moto proprio petitions filed by the Law Department against the Certificates of Candidacy (CoCs) of 100 presidential, nine vice presidential and 96 senatorial aspirants.

With 100 presidential aspirants out, only five candidates for president will remain. In the vice presidential race, only six candidates will remain.

The five presidential candidates remaining officially are presumed to be Sen. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, former Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.

This could mean that Rep. Roy Seneres, an incumbent congressman, a lawyer and former ambassador, who represents the OFW Party may have also been considered a nuisance candidate. Seneres is expected to contest the decision of Comelec.

The names of candidates who were declared nuisance candidates, however, were not revealed pending the appeal of the concerned aspirants.  

However, he noted that these individuals may still file their respective motions for reconsideration, challenging the ruling of the Divisions before the Commission en banc.

“They still have the chance to file a motion for reconsideration with the Comelec en banc,” Bautista said.

Of the 130 CoCs submitted for president, 125 were filed petitions to be declared nuisance candidates.

In the vice presidential post, 13 of the 19 aspirants were included in the petitions while 129 out of the 172 looking to run for senatorial seats also faced motto proprio petitions.

The poll body is set to come up with the final list of official candidates for next year’s elections by Dec. 15.

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