THE Commission on Elections cannot hold a special election in the first congressional district of Valenzuela City without a declaration of vacancy from the House of Representatives, Comelec Chairman George Erwin Garcia said on Wednesday.

This comes after Valenzuela Rep. Rex Gatchalian relinquished his post following his appointment as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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