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Unformatted text preview: DEMICS CHAIR: LESTER JAY ALAN E. FLORES II U N I V E R S I T Y O F S A N T O T O M A S VICE CHAIRS FOR ACADEMICS: KAREN JOY G. SABUGO & JOHN HENRY C. MENDOZA Facultad de Derecho Civil VICE CHAIR FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE: JEANELLE C. LEE VICE CHAIRS FOR LAY‐OUT AND DESIGN: EARL LOUIE M. MASACAYAN & THEENA C. MARTINEZ 159 UST GOLDEN NOTES 2011 subsists, any subsequent registration thereto is void ab initio. (Maruhom v. COMELEC, G.R. No. 179430, July 27, 2009) Q: Y filed a petition for the cancellation of the certificate of candidacy (COC) of X. Essentially, Y sought the disqualification of X for Mayor of South Upi, Maguindanao, alleging, that X was not a registered voter in the Municipality of South Upi, Maguindanao since he failed to sign his application for registration, and that the unsigned application for registration has no legal effect. In refutation, X asseverated that his failure to sign his application for registration did not affect the validity of his registration since he possesses the qualifications of a voter set forth in the Omnibus Election Code as amended by Section 9 of Republic Act 8189. Y insists that the signature in the application for registration is indispensable for its validity as it is an authentication and affirmation of the data appearing therein. Should X be disqualified? A: Yes. R.A. 8189, The Voter’s Registration Act of 1996, specifically provides that an application for registration shall contain specimen signatures of the applicant as well as his/her thumbprints, among others. The evidence shows that X failed to sign very important parts of the application, which refer to the oath which X should have taken to validate and swear to the veracity of the contents appearing in the application for registration. Plainly, from the foregoing, the irregularities surrounding X’s application for registration eloquently proclaims that he did not comply with the minimum requirements of RA 8189. This leads to only one conclusion: that X, not having demonstrated that he...
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