of regional election news
NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.2, No.28
Former Dapitan City
mayor disallowed to run for public office
Former Dapitan city mayor Dominador Jalosjos lost his privilege to
run for public office as the Supreme Court (SC) affirmed its
previous ruling which provides that the former mayor is ineligible
to run due to his past criminal conviction.
In 2010, the Comelec issued two resolutions dated May 10 and August
11 canceling Jalosjos’ candidacy for “false material representation”
after he submitted a faked certification of his probation and
parole. The resolutions were backed by an SC ruling that denied
Jalosjos was convicted with final judgment for robbery and was
sentenced to imprisonment in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he filed a
petition for probation, but was later on revoked by his probation
officer. Prior to his election victory in 2010, Jalosjos submitted a
certification of compliance for probation to the Comelec to fulfill
his requirements to run for public office, but the certification was
proven to be falsified. The SC riled that Jalosjos should have never
qualified to run for elections as his past criminal conviction
rendered him “perpetually” disqualified.
Dominador is the brother of former Zamboanga congressman and
convicted child rapist Romeo Jalosjos.
Couple running for mayor face obstacle
A husband and wife who are running for the same position failed to
appear before the Comelec for the hearing of their disqualification
case. The case was filed by lawyer Antonio Jordan Tabares, Jr.
against the incumbent mayor of San Pascual, Batangas, Antonio “Tony”
Dimayuga, and his wife Brenda Kenrick Dimayuga. The case filed
alleges that Tony’s wife filed her certificate of candidacy (CoC)
using a different name, Ma. Brenda.
A group called the Kilusang Kabataan at Kinabukasan (KKK) said that
the non-appearance of the couple is an act of discourtesy, and urged
the poll body to act on the case with expediency.
Tony Dimuayuga was reported to have said that he will no longer seek
candidacy, but later on joined his wife and filed their individual
CoC for the mayoralty race in the said town.
Pending the removal of their mayor in Lucena City, supporters
flocked to call for the reversal of the Supreme Court decision to
oust Barbara ‘Ruby’ Talaga from office.
The ‘protest’ in support of Ruby Talaga went peacefully, according
to news reports, and despite the inclement weather, participants
stayed until the rally ended at around 8:00 pm on November 9, 2012.
According to reports, Talaga earlier said that her lawyers will file
a motion for reconsideration so she can continue to serve her
Talaga’s candidacy was invalidated before when she filed as a
substitute candidate for her husband Ramon Talaga after the latter
was barred from running for exceeding his term limits. Despite her
disqualification, Ruby Talaga still won in the 2010 elections.
The SC decision that invalidated and ousted Talaga also provides
that Roderick Alcala, the town vice-mayor, should be declared mayor.
Alcala on the other hand said that he will not employ any force to
get to take the office over.
Blast hits a town in Sultan Kudarat
Residents of Tacurong City were rattled as an explosion took place
in the residence of a mayor in the evening of Nov. 8, 2012. The
blast hit the residential compound of Emilio Salamanca, mayor of the
municipality of President Quirino.
Authorities said that the blast was caused by a grenade called
high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP). The incident occurred a day
after a grenade exploded in Tacurong City’s public market.
Salamanca said in a radio interview that he may be the target in the
explosion, as he observed some unfamiliar people roaming around his
residence prior to the incident.
The police investigation is still ongoing to establish if Salamanca
is indeed the target in the blast.
(Various news resources)