This pertains to the Urgent Petition filed by the following probable candidates for the May 14, 2001 National and Local elections, namely:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
and the joint letter dated 22 January 2001 of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and John V. Osmeña, re deadline for the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy of Congressional and other Local Candidates.
The Urgent Petition reads:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
No. 3426 promulgated on 22 December 2000, the Honorable Commission set
the period for filing of the certificates of candidacy for all elective
positions outside of the ARMM for the May 14, 2001 elections from
2 to February 12, 2001. Said Resolution No. 3426 was issued pursuant to
Section 28 of Republic Act 8436 which provides:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
"The period for filing the certificates of candidacy provided under Resolution No. 3426 is evidently for the purpose of giving the Honorable Commission a period of one hundred twenty (120) days before the elections to cause the printing of ballots already bearing the names of the candidates which shall be used under an Automated Election System.
"Resolution No. 3426 clearly states in its preamble that the Automated Election System envisioned under Republic Act No. 8436 shall be implemented only in certain selected areas in the country for the May 14, 2001 elections. For this reason, the basis for setting the period for filing of the certificates of candidacy from January 2 to February 12, 2001 no longer exists with respect to congressional and other local candidates.
the undersigned respectfully petition the Honorable Commission to fix a
later deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy as follows:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
"The aforementioned deadline is in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 7166 which law governs elections that are not conducted under the Automated Election System.
"In the interest of having honest, orderly and peaceful elections at a time when the country is facing a serious political crisis, the undersigned respectfully request an immediate resolution by the Honorable Commission of the foregoing urgent petition.
"If necessary, the undersigned wish to have a conference regarding the foregoing matter at the soonest available date most convenient for the members of the Honorable Commission."
of Senators Enrile and Osmeña reads:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
In view thereof, the Commission RESOLVED as it hereby RESOLVES as follows:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
b. From January 14, 2001 to February 12, 2001 – for Regional, Congressional and local elective positions in the ARMM.
3. to move the last day to file petitions to deny due course or cancel a certificate of candidacy and to file a petition to declare as nuisance a registered candidate from February 17, 2001 to March 5, 2001.
Let the Executive Director implement this resolution and the Education & Information Department to cause the publication hereof in two (2) newspapers of general circulation.
(Sgd.) RUFINO S.B. JAVIER, Acting Chairman
(Sgd.) LUZVIMINDA G. TANCANGCO, Commissioner
(Sgd.) RALPH C. LANTION, Commissioner
(Sgd.) MEHOL K. SADAIN, Commissioner
Promulgated: 5 February 2001.