Comelec dashes Acosta’s presidential dream
Posted March 5, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:36:00 03/04/2010
Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Inquirer Politics, Politics
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday threw out the presidential bid of Vetallano Acosta for lack of qualifications, leaving only nine contenders in the May 10 race for the highest office of the land.
Comelec commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer said Acosta was disqualified “for lack of machinery to hold a nationwide campaign” and for not being a duly accepted nominee of the Marcos-led party Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), whose vice presidential bet is former TV host Jay Sonza.
“Acosta is disqualified (for the presidential race) on the basis that he cannot conduct a nationwide campaign because as it turns out, he is not from KBL as he earlier claimed,” Ferrer said.
Acosta has not appeared in any political debate and has not aired any political advertisement, said Ferrer.
“Jay Sonza, his supposed running-mate does not know him or campaign for him because they have never met. He is also absent during political debates because he said he does not want to have enemies and he would leave the campaigning to God,” Ferrer told INQUIRER.net.
Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, the presidential bet of Liberal Party, filed an appeal before the Comelec last month questioning Acosta’s qualifications as a presidential candidate.
Since the resolution came after the Comelec has started printing the ballots for the May elections, Acosta’s name would still be on the ballot but the votes cast for him would not be counted, said Ferrer.
“You can vote for Acosta if you like but the votes cast for him would not be counted along with other party list groups that have been disqualified but whose names still appear on the ballots because we earlier ruled that names of candidates with pending appeals that are unresolved would be printed,” said the official.
Ferrer said the Comelec decision is final but Acosta could file an appeal before the Supreme Court.