Comelec insists De Alban is a ‘nuisance’

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A Commission on Elections (Comelec) official on Thursday slammed netizens condemning the poll body’s decision to declare a teacher-lawyer’s candidacy as “nuisance” while allowing “plunderers, thieves and uneducated actors” in the ballot.

“Clearly, a lawyer and educator is way more qualified than your usual TRAPO politicians,” a Twitter post said. But Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body wants to ensure only candidates with a bona fide intention to run for office end up in the ballot. “If you don’t have the resources to campaign, how can you win?” said the spokesman.

The Comelec had earlier declared lawyer and University of Sto. Tomas professor Angelo de Alban as a “nuisance candidate” due to his financial incapacity to run a nationwide campaign.

“Being a lawyer or a teacher doesn’t automatically guarantee you can mount a creditable campaign,” explained Jimenez. He pointed out a person may be fit for office but if they can’t mount an effective campaign, then his candidacy will diminish its very essence.

Meanwhile, De Alban downplayed Comelec’s findings he is financially incapable. He said the poll body has no grounds to make such assertion.

“There is nothing in the prescribed certificate of candidacy (CoC) that prompts or gives chance for a candidate to give an idea on financial capability,” said De Alban. “It is an error to assume that he will not be able to sustain the financial rigors of waging a nationwide campaign as demonstrated by his recent and extensive travel nationwide with the intention to bring forth his advocacy long before he filed his CoC.”

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