Comelec Eyes Disqualification of Brother of Loren Legarda Over Wrong Alias
The Commission on Election (Comelec) eyes disqualification against the brother of Loren Legarda for allegedly using his sister’s alias on his candidacy.
Antonio Agapito Legarda Jr., brother of incumbent Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda, has been urged by the Comelec to withdraw his candidacy. This comes after it was discovered that he was running for president in 2022 using a questionable pseudonym.
Antonio Jr. is the subject of a petition to declare him a nuisance candidate and have his certificate of candidacy revoked (COC). Antonio Jr. will compete for Congress in Antique’s Lone District, replacing Loren, who is running for Senate in the May 2022 elections.
Antonio Jr., according to Belison town resident Salvador Ungsod, was making a mockery of the election process. Despite being known as “AA,” Ungsod claims to use the alias “Inday Loren” for official candidacy.
When presenting the petition to the Comelec, Ungsod stated that the usage of ‘Inday Loren’ as his nickname or stage name was clearly designed to deceive and confuse voters into believing that his sister was running for reelection. Antonio Jr. is also renowned in Antique as having no “local experience,” according to Ungsod.
Antonio Jr. is one of the congressional candidates. Former congressman Paolo Javier and former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Atty. Ade Fajardo, are the two who were the candidates in the same position.
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