A former election commissioner has said that the rules need Daraga town mayor Carlwyn Baldo to consent to his nomination’s withdrawal, despite his political party rescinding their support. The Albay town mayor has been accused of masterminding the murder of his political rival, Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe.
According to lawyer Gregorio Larrazabal, Baldo needs to give his consent to the Lakas-CMD’s revocation of his certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA). Poll spokesman James Jimenez has also cited the same rule, saying that for a CONA to be withdrawn, there must be ” consent of the nominated individual.”
Larrazabal expounded, saying that “the CONA stands” should Baldo refuse the withdrawal.
“The only time a CONA could have been withdrawn unilaterally, was during the filing of (certificates of candidacy) last October 2018,” said Larrazabal, a former commissioner for the poll body
Lakas-CMD, Baldo’s party, informed the Comelec’s law department on Monday that it was withdrawing the mayor’s CONA. This was following Baldo being tagged as the orchestrator of Rep. Batocabe’s murder.
“Please be informed that Lakas CMD is revoking the CONA issued to Mr. Baldo. Hence, Mr. Baldo is no longer the official candidate of Lakas CMD for the position of mayor of Daraga, Albay.” read the party’s Jan. 3 dated letter. It was signed by the party’s executive director, Bautista Copin.