doubled OAV registrants
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Davao del Sur
governor plead s to have private armies in the province disbanded
Governor Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur revealed to the members of
the media that private armies with political backing is prevalent in
their province, thus placing the province under Comelec might prove
to be futile to maintain order.
Cagas, who will also run as mayor of the city of Digos in 2013
stressed that the military and the police
should pay more attention to help make the province more orderly,
especially during elections, by
pushing efforts to disband these private armies.
Jalosjos fights for right to vote
Former Zamboanga del Norte representative Romeo Jalosjos, through
his counsels filed his appeal with the Regional Trial Court (RTC)
after his application to become a registered voter in Zamboanga City
was disapproved by the Election Registration Board (ERB), and the
disapproval was upheld by the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) later on.
Jalosjos filed his registration with the Comelec office in the city,
where he also intends to run as mayor
in the 2013 elections.
In a report, Comelec Election Officer Joseph Ian Tria said that
Jalosjos’ registration was rejected based on a provision of RA 8189,
which states that “any person who has been sentenced by final
judgment to suffer imprisonment of not less than one (1) year” may
only reacquire their right to vote five years after he or she has
served his/her sentence. Jalosjos was convicted of raping an 11-year
old girl in 1996, and was released from prison in 2009 after
completing his sentence.
Lanao poll protest pushed to be resolved
Losing Lanao del Sur congressional candidate Salic Dumarpa urged the
House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) to take further
action on the protest case he filed against Lanao Del Sur Rep.
Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman.
Dumarpa, a lawyer, appealed to the HRET to issue warrants of arrest
against election officers (EO) Guibon Matanong, Tindos Baute,
Mandayan Sumagayan, Aragasi Sumpingan, Amerah Hadji Sasrip, Paisal
Manding and Macaombao. He said that despite the order of the HRET to
Comelec to produce documents such as the Voter Registration Records
(VRRs), the EOs involved “deliberately” failed to produce the same,
which are needed by the HRET to resolve the protest case.
Dumarpa added that his camp has already submitted all the necessary
evidence and has presented their witnesses to testify.
Comelec Cebu provincial head appealed to be
The Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) of Cebu asked the Comelec
main office to have him transferred from his office in the province,
and emphasized that the request has nothing to do with allegations
that he is favoring some candidates.
Cebu PES Lionel Marco Castillano confirmed that in a meeting with
Comelec officers and supervisors on October 8, 2012, he offered
himself to be transferred, after Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr.
informed them that there will be a reshuffling of officers and
Castillano also said that the reshuffling is done when an officer’s
capability is needed in another area of assignment, or that officer/
supervisor has a relative who is a candidate and has submitted
his/her certificate of candidacy (COC) under that office. But a
month after the election, that officer/ supervisor will be assigned
back to his/her office.
On October 5, 2012, a photo of Castillano posing with Cebu Rep.
Pablo John Garcia when the latter filed his COC in the PES’ office
came out in a local paper. In the photo, Castillano was seen smiling
with Garcia and family, as Castillano raised his index finger
signaling the symbol for number one.
This gesture sparked controversies, especially when Vice Gov. Agnes
Magpale saw the photo and later on said that she has information
about the PES’ partiality. The PES explained that the index finger
was a playful gesture to comfort the representative’s son who was
Camarines Sur mayor shot dead
Mayor Raul Matamorosa, of Lupi, Camarines Sur was shot in the head
by a gunman on October 27 and died at 1:20 am on October 28, 2012.
Doctors at the Mother Seton Hospital where the mayor was brought
were operating on him for almost eight hours, but the procedure did
not save his life.
The town’s chief investigator reported that Matamorosa was shot in
the back of his head as he was getting in his vehicle.
The motive of the killing is still being determined
Cabanatuan City plebiscite set
The Comelec en banc has ruled out the motion for reconsideration of
the oppositors of the conversion
of Cabanatuan City into a Highly Urbanized City I (HUC) and has set
the plebiscite on December 1,
2012. This is in accordance with Proclamation no. 418 signed by
President Aquino on July 4, 2012
which gave way to the conduct of a plebiscite to convert the city to
High court ousts incumbent mayor
Lucena City mayor Barbara “Ruby” Talaga of Lakas-Kampi party was
replaced by her Vice Mayor Roderick Talaga (Liberal) pursuant to an
SC decision released on October 25, 2012. The decision affirms the
decision of the Comelec annulling Talaga’s proclamation as mayor of
the city. Ruby Talaga was removed from office on the basis that the
candidacy of the person whom she became a substitute candidate is
Talaga ran as a substitute candidate for her husband, then incumbent
mayor Ramon Talaga, for the 2010 elections. Ramon Talaga’s candidacy
was disapproved by the Comelec for being the mayor of the city for
three consecutive terms.
SC upholds case against Zambales mayor
The Supreme Court ordered the proclamation of Estela Antipolo as the
new mayor of San Antonio, Zambales replacing current mayor Romeo
Lonzanida after voiding his certificate of candidacy (COC). The
order was based on the resolution of the Commission on Elections
dated Feb 2, 2011 ordering the cancellation of Lonzanida’s
certificate of candidacy. By voiding the COC of Lonzanida, the SC
said that votes for him are considered stray votes. “Lonzanida’s
disqualification is two-pronged. He violated three-term limit
imposed by the Constitution; and as early as Dec. 1, 2009, he is
known to have been convicted for 10 counts of falsification of
public documents, according to the Comelec. Antipolo lost to
Lonzanida in the final tally in May 2010.
The SC has also then ordered Efren Racel Aratea, currently occupying
the mayoralty post in San Antonio, Zambales, to “cease and desist
from discharging the functions of the Office of the Mayor of San
Antonio, Zambales."Lonzanida and Aratea garnered the highest number
of votes and were respectively proclaimed as mayor and vice mayor in
the the May 2010 polls. But while the case against Lonzanida was
being deliberated on by the High Court, Aratea had himself declared
as mayor by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
(Various news sources)