Cute move on Montano. Nice subject changer, actually gives him a boost too. But you guys aren’t fooling anybody with “[Joselito Peter] Cayetano.” People expect you to allow them both to run for “obvious” reasons. But I’ll wait the two weeks to see what Comelec really does. Impress us why don’t ya, and do the right thing for once!Well it looks like people's expectations were right as bona fide candidate for senator under the Genuine Opposition Congressman Alan Peter Cayetano is finding out.
Absolutely disgusting of you folks in the Comelec, James!
That Master of Nuisance Campaigns, Oliver Lozano used the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL)--the largely defunct political party of Ferdinand Marcos--as the "nominating party" for a nuisance candidate in 2004, when he foisted one Melchor Chavez against the bona fide candidacy of former Solicitor General Francisco Chavez. In the ensuing court challenge Chavez vs. Comelec, the Supreme Court declared:
... the Omnibus Election Code authorizes the COMELEC, motu proprio, or upon a verified petition of an interested party, to declare a candidate as a nuisance candidate and to refuse to give due course to his or her COC or to cancel one already filed if it is shown that: (1) the candidate's COC has been filed to put the election process in mockery or disrepute, (2) the COC has been filed to cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of names of the registered candidates, and (3) where other circumstances show that the candidate has no bona fide intention to run for office.In 2004, Melchor Chavez was deemed a nuisance candidate by Comelec and the Supreme Court explains above why that was the right judgment. But in 2007--with even more obvious reasons, moral and legal, to reject the nuisance candidacy of a complete and utter unknown, with no public persona or political track record whatever, and clearly intended to discombulate Alan Peter Cayetano's run for the Senate--the Comelec appears determined to be the source of that "confusion, deception and even frustration of the democratic process."
COMELEC Resolution No. 6452 dated December 10, 2002 also specifies the instances where the COMELEC may motu proprio refuse to give due course to or cancel a COC:
SEC. 6. Motu Proprio Cases. — The Commission may, at any time before the election, motu proprio refuse to give due course to or cancel a certificate of candidacy of any candidate for the positions of President, Vice-President, Senator and Party-list:
I. The grounds:
a. Candidates who, on the face of their certificate of candidacy, do not possess the constitutional and legal qualifications of the office to which they aspire to be elected;
b. Candidate who, on the face of said certificate, filed their certificate of candidacy to put the election process in mockery or disrepute;
c. Candidates whose certificate of candidacy could cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of names and surnames with other candidates; and
d. Candidates who have no bona fide intention to run for the office for which the certificate of candidacy had been filed or acts that clearly demonstrate the lack of such bona fide intention, such as:
d. 1 Candidates who do not belong to or are not nominated by any registered political party of national constituency;
d.2 Presidential, Vice-Presidential [candidates] who do not present running mates for vice-president, respectively, nor senatorial candidates;
d.3 Candidates who do not have a platform of government and are not capable of waging a nationwide campaign. (Emphasis supplied.)
Melchor Chavez has, in the past, not shown any capability for a decent campaign. Now, he presents no significant credentials for a better capability in this election. He is not even an official candidate of a political party since the nomination by KBL was no accepted by him. He is wanting in financial support for a nationwide campaign. He has no political machinery to count on.20
The rationale for the prohibition against nuisance candidates and the disqualification of candidates who have not demonstrated a bond fide intention to run for office is the State's compelling interest in ensuring that its electoral exercises are rational, objective, and orderly. Towards this end, the State takes into account the practical considerations in conducting elections. Inevitably, the greater the number of candidates, the greater the opportunities for logistical confusion, not to mention the increased allocation of time and resources in preparation for the elections. These practical difficulties should, of course, never exempt the State from the conduct of a mandated electoral exercise. At the same time, remedial actions should be available to alleviate these logistical hardships, whenever necessary and proper. Ultimately, a disorderly election is not merely a textbook example of inefficiency, but a rot that erodes faith in our democratic institutions. As the United States Supreme Court held:
There is surely an important state interest in requiring some preliminary showing of a significant modicum of support before printing the name of a political organization and its candidates on the ballot -the interest, if no other, in avoiding confusion, deception and even frustration of the democratic process.