Guidelines for filing certificates of candidacy

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Starting Thursday, October 11, aspirants for elective positions formalize their intentions to run in the May 2019 general elections.

All eyes will be on the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as national and local bets file their certificates of candidacy (COC). 

General guidelines

The period of filing of COCs is from October 11 to 12 and from October 15 to 17, from 8 am to 5 pm. 

COC forms are available at the Comelec offices or can be downloaded from the Comelec website.

The COC should be accomplished in 5 copies and personally filed by the candidate or through a duly-authorized representative. It should also be sworn to before a notary public or any official authorized to administer oath, except Comelec employees (even in their capacities as notary public).

There is no filing fee, but a P30 documentary stamp must be attached to the original copy of the COC. The documentary stamp tax number should be written on the rest of the copies.

Aspirants must attach a passport-size photograph taken within the last 6 months. They may also attach a bio-data, and his/her program of government not exceeding 100 words.

Except for independent candidates, the COC should be filed along with the sworn Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) from the aspirant's political party or coalition.

COCs filed by mail, email, or fax will not be accepted.

A candidate can run for only one elective office.

Candidates who are dual citizens should declare in their COCs that they have renounced their foreign citizenship, in accordance with a recent Comelec resolution.

Where to file COCs

Any COC filed with the incorrect office shall be deemed not filed.

Appointive officials who filed their COCs will be deemed resigned from their posts and must vacate these "at the start of the day of the filing of COC," said Comelec.

The poll body has issued guidelines in Section 18 of Comelec Resolution No. 10420 in case there would still be filers present at the Comelec offices within the last 15 minutes of the last day of filing. –

Michael Bueza

Michael Bueza is a researcher and data curator under Rappler's Research Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.