Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez said Monday that the arrest of Quezon City mayoral candidate Bingbong Crisologo would “not affect” his candidacy “in the short term,” even after a day the lawmaker was detained for supposed obstruction of justice “He was arrested for obstruction of justice and obstruction of justice is not an election offense,” Jimenez stated. “That will not affect his candidacy in the short term,” he added.
National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections seeks support of other groups in carrying out their poll duties after refusing accreditation from the Commission on Elections. Namfrel chair Gus Lagman noted the group vetoed on Comelec accreditation after the poll body rebuffed its request to gain access to key election data. Namfrel had also requested to monitor the conduct of elections and observe the random manual audit. “They didn’t explain why