MANUEL Antonio Roxas has formally withdrawn his candidacy for President in next year’s elections.
But the Roxas who personally appeared on Thursday before the clerk of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is just a namesake of the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer, Manuel Araneta “Mar” Roxas 2nd.
Roxas, 67, a resident of 5 Diamond Street, Quezon City, admitted he is just a “pangggulo” or a nuisance and thus decided to withdraw his certificate of candidacy (COC).
He told reporters that his intention in filing a COC for President was to call attention to the plight of his son who is incarcerated at the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila).
In the COC that Roxas filed on the last day of the filing period on October 16, he indicated his nickname as “Mar.”
Roxas, the LP standard-bearer, has filed a nine-page petition asking the Comelec to disqualify his namesake and declare him a nuisance.
“Respondent Manuel Antonio Roxas clearly filed his COC for President to create confusion among the voters through the similarity between his name and that of petitioner Manuel Araneta Roxas [2nd],” the petition said.
“To allow [respondent]to continue with his candidacy for President would make a mockery of the upcoming elections for the 16th President of the Philippines,” it added.
The Comelec is in the process of determining who among the COC filers are nuisance candidates.
Of the 130 individuals who filed their COC for President, 125 were summoned by the poll body to explain why they should not be declared nuisance candidates.
Under Batas Pambansa 881 or the Omnibus Election Code, the Comelec has the authority to deny due course or reject the candidacy of persons who file to make a mockery of the election system, those who file to confuse voters by exploiting similarities in names and those with no bona fide or good intention of actually running for office.