Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Politicians refuse COC filing on 13th

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 13 (PNA) -- Nitizens closely monitoring the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) at the Commission on Election (Comelec) provincial office here conclude that local politicians are afraid of the number 13.

Nitizens and media reporters who were at the Comelec provincial office at the 2nd floor of the Provincial Capitol Annex 2 building observed that as of 12 noon on Tuesday, no local candidates had braved filing his or her COC today, Oct. 13, for unknown reason.

A local TV reporter of a national network, who refused to be named, while covering the COC filing activity said “Trese, suerte ka ba o malas,” as she observed the absence of COC filer.

Lawyer Romeo Serrano, Comelec Albay provincial supervisor, said in a phone interview that he believed that Filipinos are superstitious and politicians believe that the number 13 is synonymous to “bad luck”.

Serrano said “today falls on a 13th and therefore, an unlucky day as our forefathers told us.”

Serrano said he expected that the superstitious belief about the number 13 would affect the filing of COCs in the next two days while others, he said, believe that all numbers that end on a “down stroke” are unlucky numbers.

According to superstitious beliefs, the numbers with downward stroke that are considered unlucky are the numbers 1 to 4, 7 and 9, while numbers 5, 6, 8 and 10 are good numbers.

“We expect that only non-believers of bad luck signs would be brave enough to file his or her COC on Oct. 13 and 14,” he claimed.

Serrano said one Jaime B. Chua, a resident of Ligao City, filed his COC at 11:30 a.m. as an independent candidate for congressman in the 3rd District.

Serrano said Chua, of Chinese descent, believes that 13 is a lucky number for him.

He said only 11 political candidates filed their COCs on Monday the first day of the five-day filing of COCs for the forthcoming national and local elections set in May 2016.

Among the early filers were former congressman Edcel C. Lagman (LP), running for the 1st congressional seat of the province; Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, LP provincial chairman, who is on his last term and running for Congressman in the 2nd District of Albay; while Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara (NP) is gunning for the gubernatorial post with incumbent Vice Gov. Harold Imperial running for his third term.

Other filers are mostly from the LP and incumbent members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (PNA) RMA/FGS/MSA/CBD/EDS