Comelec accepts late senatorial bet’s excuse–traffic



Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allowed the candidacy of a Bangon Pilipinas senatorial aspirant even though he was late in filing his papers because the poll body found merit in the reason he gave for his tardiness.

Israel Virgines, who filed his candidacy papers way past the 5 p.m. deadline on Oct. 5 because he claimed to have been caught in heavy traffic on his way to the Comelec office in Intramuros, brought to 33 the number of contenders in the 2013 senatorial elections.

“We heard the case two weeks ago. The en banc approved it today so we will now include him in the senatorial lineup,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. Tuesday.

The en banc voted unanimously to allow Virgines to participate in the elections, deeming reasonable his explanation for being late in filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) on the very last day of filing, said Brillantes.

He said the en banc did not have any qualms about approving Virgines’ petition as he is being fielded by a major political party.

Bangon Pilipinas was established by evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva, the leader of the Jesus is Lord evangelical Christian group. Villanueva twice ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and 2010.

“It’s a major political party so Virgines is capable of launching a nationwide campaign,” Brillantes noted.

In his COC, the 46-year-old Virgines described himself as an educator residing in Cavite.

He will be one of 33 senatorial candidates running in 2013, mostly from the administration-led Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance.

The other parties fielding senatorial candidates in next year’s elections are the Makabayan and the Democratic Party of the Philippines. Jocelyn R. Uy; Fat Reyes,

Originally posted: 3:19 pm | Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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  • Levi Velasco

    takot din yan sa strawberry

  • Jay

    Buti nalang at pinayagan siya ng comelec na tumakbo.Thats good news para malaman niya na hindi siya mananalo.

  • c7cinbox

    what a lame excuse ! bakit mo iboboto ang ganireng klase ng kandidato, pag file pa lang late na. malamang laging late din ito sa anumang uri ng gawain!

  • Rogelio Aguas

    kase nag-file siya ng coc on the last day and on the last hour. doesn’t sound like an ideal senator  to me. 

    next candidate, please!

  • Rogelio Aguas

    kase nag-file siya ng coc on the last day and on the last hour. doesn’t sound like an ideal senator  to me. 
    next candidate, please!

    • generalproblem

      sigurado talo na sya hehehehe

  • vir_a

    That’s not a valid excuse. He had many days and the whole day on the last day of filing to decide to file his candidacy. Can’t understand the Comelec accepting such a lame excuse, yet Comelec is harsh to weak party lists. 

  • watchdoglang

    That is a lame excuse, it should not be tolerated. Why would he wait the last minute and get caught in traffic? Chairman Brillantes, if you let this happen you are part of the problem and it would be evident that you are bias and not trust worthy. It looks like that you are being dictated by others and don’t have the balls to be firm with the rules he set.

  • Mang Teban

    I think Comelec has the authority and power to approve applications for candidacy and that is done already. If voters do not like what Virgines did, they can complain all they want but the decision from Comelec has been made.

    What is more important is what voters will do before deciding whom to vote. With a less-known candidates like Virgines, he actually has an edge over the popular ones and those running for re-election. Voters must also look at the credentials of this guy and he might end up a better alternative than the crooks now sitting in the Senate. 

    We live in a democracy and we should exercise our right to vote based on our individual assessments and not on such trivial matters as to why the Comelec accepted the excuse of being caught up in traffic and condemn the guy like he does not deserve to live. At least Virgines did not scream “Amalayer? Amalayer?”

  • Albin

    Kaya pinayagan, may dalang sobre from JIL.

    • Pepe Alas

      Or maybe some COMELEC officials are members of Villanueva’s cult.

  • tower_of_power

    He had days or even months, perhaps, to file his candidacy … he was late!!! This is typical of our congressmen and senators … there must be no excuses for them … they have to set the example!!! Umpisa palang late na … ano kaya kung naging senator na siya???


  • sl1

    The candidacy should have not been accepted for the main reason of not following the deadline set by your office. The law is the law that must be followed otherwise there is no point putting rules that at the end it will not be enforced because of some bias on the part of the comelec. This is the reason why there are so many violators in this country because those suppose to enforce the laws are the one violating it . Useless comelec …implementing the law with bias depening who the candidate is!

  • Rolly257

    I agree that the rules should be strictly followed, but as we are…a good-natured and reasonable people, maybe some few minutes late is forgivable. Anyway, voters who are within 50 meters of a polling place on election day are allowed to cast their votes past the prescribed time. 

  • kismaytami

    Para sa akin, disqualified na dapat itong Virgines. Ang pagpa-file ng COC ay parang pagsu-submit ng resume sa inaaplayang trabaho.

  • Your_King

    Aquino is full of excuses. His Administration is full of excuses. So it would only make sense that people who are interested to be elected into government would also make excuses. And also Aquino’s government would accept these excuses.

  • Jon

    Nakakahiya naman kung di tanggapin ang palusot ng noynoying na kandidatong ito.
    Usong-uso kasi na magpalusot na lang ngayon pag may aberya.

  • Hunter421

    The politicians are the reason we suffer with such traffic!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Bangon Pilipinas– a major political party. Owwwwwssss!

  • plunderer

    hay buhay ng pilipno talaga, nakaka HIGH BLOOD!!!!!!

  • PikonNaKami

    Since Bangon Pilipinas represents a religious group, can it not be perceived that the traffic was a sign from the Almighty that their candidate was not supposed to run?  If it was God’s will, then God would have made a way for him to arrive at Comelec before the deadline.

    And since the Comelec En Banc thwarted the will of God, then what do you call these entities? 

  • disqusted0fu

    he is from the administration led liberal party… no wonder comelec accepted him despite his tardiness. thats what this administration is known for anyway. hence noynoying.

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