On Monday, Senate Bill No. 2439, which seeks to prohibit electoral hopefuls from using substitutes, was introduced.
MANILA — The law seeks to abolish the opportunity for aspirants to voluntarily resign from the contest, allowing another candidate from the same political party to take their place.
“This unfortunate practice of just fielding anyone to be a party’s candidate for the sake of complying with the Comelec (Commission on Elections) deadline is observed by some as a mockery of the process of filing certificates of candidacies,” they said in the bill’s explanatory note.
“This bill seeks to modify the grounds for substitution by removing the option of substitution in a case where an aspirant or official candidate of a political party voluntarily withdraws his candidacy, and adding incapacity as a ground for substitution of candidates,” they added.
Senators Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Grace Poe, Joel Villanueva and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri filed the said bill banning substitutions for electoral aspirants.
A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier.
Currently, if a candidate dies, withdraws, or is disqualified by final judgment, a substitute candidate has until 15 November 2021, to file their COC or certificate of candidacy. (HMP/Headline PH)