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By James Hernandez

The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed a number of candidates to run in the local elections after having been disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The high tribunal issued a ruling on Tuesday (May 14) which granted the separate petitions seeking for the issuance of staus quo ante orders.

“Considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petitions, it is necessary and proper to issue a status quo ante order requiring the parties to observe the status quo prevailing before the issuance of Comelec en banc Minute Resolution No. 19-0826 issued last March 6, 2019,” read the order.

The petitions were filed by Nicolas Ponsica Jr., Merly Iroma, and Shirley Aala who are all running for the post as councilors

Ponsica and Iroma are candidates in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, while, Aala is a candidate in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

In the same order, the SC also directed the Comelec to file a comment over a similar petition filed by Baguio City mayoral candidate Edgar Avila.

In the resolution which is being challenged by the petitioners, the Comelec said it is invalidating the candidacy of those used the old format of the certificates of candidacy.

The new format includes Item No. 22 which asked candidates if they were ever disciplined, found guilty of charges, or has pending criminal or administrative cases.

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