By Stephanie Sevillano

COC FILING EXTENDED. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) again extends the deadline of filing of the certificates of candidacy (COC) to Sept. 4, 2023 in select areas following government work suspension in Metro Manila on Friday (Sept. 1, 2023). These areas include the National Capital Region and Abra. (File photo courtesy of Comelec)

MANILA – The deadline of filing of the certificates of candidacy (COC) for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) has been extended anew to Sept. 4 in select areas following another government work suspension on Friday. 

In an advisory, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced the updated extension of the deadline of COC filing in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Abra due to bad weather. 

“NCR’s (COC filing) will resume on September 2 until September 4,” the advisory read. 

Abra, meanwhile, resumed its filing and reception of COC Friday. 

For Ilocos Norte, earlier extension of COC filing until Sept. 3 or 5 p.m on Sunday shall still be in effect. 

As of Friday 10 a.m. the total number of aspiring BSKE candidates who filed their COCs in 80 provinces is 944,325 based on Comelec data. 

This accounts for 70,925 aspiring barangay captains and 518,383 aspiring members of Sangguniang Barangay. 

These also include 58,914 aspiring SK chairpersons and 296,103 aspiring SK members. (PNA)