As early as month of September 2012, The Commission on Elections (Comelec) released the official guidelines on filing of certificates of candidacies (COC) for MAY 2013 Elections.

Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento strictly said, "there will be no extension for filing of certificates of candidacies."

Comelec Guidelines on filing of COC for MAY 2013 Elections Philippines
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COC Filing Dates and Time

October 1 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
October 2 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
October 3 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
October 4 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
October 5 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
-------No More Extension---------

But Sarmiento clarified that "extension is only possible based 'on justifiable grounds'."

The Commission of Elections (Comelec) will release the complete candidates final list on October 6, 2012.

Comelec cited the guidelines under Resolution No. 9518, "appointed officials who will aspire for elective positions will be considered resigned from the posts at the start of the filing of COCs."

And regarding about the substitute of a candidate, Comelec said, "a candidate who has withdrawn on or before December 21, 2012 may file his Certificate of Candidacy, not later than December 21, 2012, so that the name of the substitute will be reflected on the official ballots.”

Meanwhile, Comelec also said that "a candidate backing out from the polls must submit a statement of withdrawal under oath in five copies."


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