Señeres withdraws from presidential race

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Presidential aspirant Roy Señeres of the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka withdrew from the race on Friday (February 5).

Señeres cited health reasons for his withdrawal, saying it was upon the recommendation of his doctors.

Señeres' daughter Anna and his lawyer, Atty. Candelaria Rivas informed the poll body of his decision but they did not submit an official certificate of withdrawal.

Rivas said Señeres is physically unable to appear before the Comelec so she will submit on Monday (February 8) an official certificate of withdrawal with the attached medical records of her client.

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Under Comelec rules, a candidate must personally withdraw his or her candidacy and not through representatives.

"I wish to inform you all that after much thought and prayers to God Almighty, I am announcing my withdrawal from the Philippine presidential race," read the official statement signed by Señeres. "I do so with the blessings of my family and upon the recommendation of my doctor who as advised me to avoid stress due to my long-standing diabetes so as to prevent the complications thereof."

Lawyers from the Comelec Law Department said they may send a representative to check on Señeres and verify whether he is indeed backing out of the polls.

The Comelec will begin printing the ballots on Monday and the name of Señeres is still on the certified list of candidates. According to Comelec lawyers, they cannot remove anyone from the list unless there is an official withdrawal from the candidate.

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As for Señeres, his daughter says his diabetes prevents him from holding up against the rigors of campaigning.

"Hindi naman lumala. It's just more of prevention," said the younger Señeres. "We just really want to prevent any complications because first and foremost, his health is really our priority."