Thursday, January 14, 2010

Poll body adds 2 to presidential bets

by Joel E. Zurbano

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THERE are now 10 presidential candidates in the May polls after the Commission on Elections approved the petition of two more whom it earlier disqualified as nuisance candidates.

Environmentalist Nicanor Perlas as well as Kilusang Bagong Lipunan standard-bearer Vetallano Acosta are in on the list of presidential candidates, the Comlec has ruled.

The commission en banc, led by chairman Jose Melo, said in a 26-page resolution the candidates would be able to wage a national campaign. The decision came a month after Perlas and Acosta had been weeded out of the presidential candidates’ list on Dec. 15.

Perlas was present when the Comelec handed out the ruling. He told reporters that after his disqualification, an avalanche of support for his candidacy deluged the commission.

Filipinos today are in search of true politics, not just money politics. The elections is a struggle of “vision and hope, which are the things people these days are looking for,” according to him.

Perlas in his motion for reconsideration convinced the Comelec that he would be able to wage an effective nationwide campaign via the internet using his global stature as environmentalist to woo voters.

“The filing of a certificate of candidacy of a person with a distinguished track record in public service and has received numerous recognitions for his work both here and abroad cannot be said to have put the election process in mockery,” the commission said.

His numerous websites and the close to 24 million internet users in the country give Perlas a strong and credible presence online, the commission said.

For Acosta, his affiliation with the KBL saved the day after he too was deemed a nuisance candidate.

“If the certificates of candidacy of KBL’s nominees for vice president and senators were given due course, there is no reason why the commission should deny due course to Mr. Acosta’s,” the poll body said.

Acosta, according to the commission, has assured the poll body that the KBL is ready to wage and sustain a national campaign for him using its nationwide organization and network as well as its officers and campaign workers.

The KBL also fielded broadcaster Jay Sonza as vice presidential bet, together with senatorial aspirants Shariff Albani, Alma Lood, Regalado Maambong, Maria Judea Millora, Imelda Papin and Hector Villanueva.

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