Candidates face disqualification suit

Posted on October 12, 2012


At least three candidates vying for different positions in the province of Cebu face disqualification cases in the Commission on Election.

Incumbent Cordova town mayor Adelino Sitoy asked the Comelec en banc to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy ( COC) of boxing promoter Rex “Wakee” Salud who is seeking a mayoralty post in the municipalit y.

Sitoy’s camp claimed that Salud is not qualified to run following earlier rulings of the poll agency and the trial court which declared the boxing promoter an unqualified voter of the pla ce.

According to the rulings, Salud failed to prove that he has been a resident of Cordova for at least six months.

The Comelec en banc will conduct a preliminary conference on Oct. 23 at the Palacio del Gobernador in Manila to discuss the petition filed by Sitoy.

In Cebu’s fifth district, Compostela Mayor Joel Quiño also requested the Comelec not to give due course and to cancel the COC filed by former mayor Gilbert Wagas who is currently serving his 13- 19 years prison sentence in the National State Penitentiary in Bilibid, Muntinlupa.

Wagas is seeking a congressional seat in the 5th district.

Quiño said Wagas should not be allowed to seek a government position since the latter’s sentence includes perpetual disqualification from public office and his conviction is “with finality.”

Wagas was convicted by the Sandiganbayan for malversation of public funds for failing to account for over P300,000 from the municipal treasury.

In Ginatilan town, southwest Cebu, Vice Mayor Dean Michael Singco asked the Comelec to declare Patrocinio Singco a “nuisance” candidate.

Both of them are seeking the mayoralty seat in Ginatilan.

Comelec provincial election officer Ferdinand Guijilde said all petitions filed before them will be forwarded to the poll agency’s en banc in Manila .

He said the Comelec en banc will decide on the petitions based on the memoranda unless the agency will call for a clarificatory hearings before resolving them.

Guijilde said those to be disqualified by the Comelec from seeking a government post for the 2013 elections can file a motion for reconsideration and later on seek the intervention of the Supreme Court.

“It’s a long process actually,” he said.

“If there is no decision before Dec. 21, then the names of the candidates under protest will be included in the official ballots,” he said./ Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter

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