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Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner George Garcia reminded candidates that their certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) will stay even if affiliations changed after they filed their candidacy.
“Whatever is your party at the time of filing of the candidacy stays. Your CONA stays,” Garcia said in a press briefing in the Comelec session hall in Intramuros, Manila.
“Whatever change in your affiliation after the filing of your candidacy, after the period, doesn’t matter. What will be the basis always of determining your party is your party at the time of the filing of the candidacy,” he further explained.
Last January, the Comelec already started printing the ballots.
Garcia made this clarification after Panfilo “Ping” Lacson announced his resignation that will make him an independent candidate.
Lacson resigned from Partido Reporma as the party is supporting other presidential candidates.
Contributed by Thimy Rose D. Noveno