Bustos town Mayor Carlito "Toti" Reyes is already on his 3rd and last term.
is seeking a "4th term" on the basis of a Comelec legal division's opinion that he
can still run because his
3 terms were interrupted by several suspension orders.
"On the ground na four times akong nasuspinde, ang 4 times na pagkakaroon ng interruption sa aking panunungkulan bilang punong bayan," Reyes
told ABS-CBN News
in an interview, quoting the Comelec legal division's opinion.
Reyes's case was brought to ABS-CBN's attention by a Boto Patroller in Bustos town.
The Boto Patroller said the local Comelec office should not have allowed Reyes
to file his
certificate for candidacy in the first place.
The resolution disqualified Reyes
from the mayoralty race in Bustos town.
Ferrer said that Reyes
cannot run for a 4th term because local chief executives are allowed only to serve for 3 consecutive terms.
The Comelec official, however, said Reyes
can still campaign for the May 10 elections because the 2nd Division's resolution was still not final.
, whose name has been included in official ballots for the May 10 automated elections, said that he
is planning to eventually appeal the 2nd Division's resolution before the Supreme Court.