The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is now preparing to hold a special election to fill the position left by elected Cavite 7th District Rep. Boying Remulla, who is now the secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ).
In a statement, Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said that they will coordinate with the House of Representatives regarding the special election.
As stated in Article 6, Section 9 of the Constitution, in case of vacancy in Congress, a special election may be called to fill such vacancy in the manner prescribed by law, but the Senator or Member of the House of Representatives thus elected shall serve only for the unexpired term.
The Comelec will discuss with the lower Congress the budget appropriations and the calendar of activities for the special election period.
Moreover, Laudiangco stated that the election body will first conduct training regarding the special election process for the board of canvassers.
Remulla, who won during the May 9 elections, assumed his office as Secretary of Justice on July 1.
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For the meantime, the lower house designated House Speaker and 1st District of Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez as the district’s caretaker.
Thumbnail photo from Boying Remulla/FB