Batuhan files disqualification complaint vs Abellanosa

EVEN before he can assume office on July 1, Cebu City’s south district congressman-elect Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa is facing a disqualification case before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

He is accused of unlawful electioneering, vote buying and illegal use of publication or survey. Read the rest of this entry

Abang Lingkod party-list disqualified with finality

STEPHEN Paduano a.k.a. Carapali Lualhati, the No. 1 nominee of Abang Lingkod, is still hoping for a favorable decision of the Supreme Court for the party’s inclusion among the party-lists in the May 13 elections.

“The people have spoken. They have voted for us. It’s not about Abang Lingkod or Carapali Lualhati. It’s about the people who voted for us,” said Lualhati in reaction to the decision of the Comelec en banc. Read the rest of this entry

Disqualification report, mere propaganda: Anad party-list

THE Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (Anad) yesterday urged their followers and leaders to continue supporting them after it was found out there was no order from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualifying the partylist group.

Balter Balangawan, the number two nominee of Anad, said reports quoting Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes about the group’s disqualification and the alleged failure to submit their statement of expenditures in the 2007 polls were a black propaganda meant to discourage the people from voting the Cebu-based partylist. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec junks with finality disqualification case vs Estrada

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed Thursday with finality the disqualification case filed against Manila mayoralty bet Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

In an en banc resolution, the Comelec denied for lack of merit the appeal filed by lawyer Alicia Vidal. Read the rest of this entry

SC junks petition of Salud to reverse ruling disqualifying him from polls

THE Supreme Court (SC) en banc has dismissed the petition of boxing promoter Rex “Wakee” Salud to reverse the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualifying him as mayoral candidate of Cordova town.

“The court resolved to dismiss the petition for failure of the petitioner to sufficiently show that any grave abuse of discretion was committed by the Comelec in rendering the challenged resolution which, on the contrary, appears to be in accord with the facts and applicable law and jurisprudence,” the resolution read. Read the rest of this entry

Senatorial bet faces possible disqualification over online contest

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking into the possible violation of an administration candidate for senator who runs a promo on social networking sites and offering a brand new iPad as reward.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. confirmed that the senatorial candidate running the online promo is a member of the Liberal Party-led Team PNoy slate but declined to name the person involved pending results of the ongoing investigation. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec dismisses protest vs Montelibano

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division dismissed the electoral protest filed by former Silay City mayor Carlo Gamban against Mayor Jose Montelibano.

The order, dated January 28, 2013, was signed by presiding commissioner Rene Sarmiento and commissioners Armando Velasco and Christian Robert Lim. Read the rest of this entry

SC urged to resolve party-list disqualification cases

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday called on the Supreme Court to finally decide on the petitions of disqualified party-list groups given the poll body’s tight schedule in preparation for the May 13 elections.

“If they decide on it already, we will not be second-guessing anymore if they should be included in our preparations or not, especially in the printing of ballots,” said Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento. Read the rest of this entry

SC allows 4 party-list groups to join 2013 polls

Four party-list groups, which have been initially disqualified from participating in the 2013 midterm elections, found relief from the Supreme Court after the justices stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from enforcing its ruling.

Sources said that the High Court, at the resumption of their regular session following a two-week Halloween break, has granted the separate petitions from the party-list groups seeking the issuance of either a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a status quo ante order (SQA) assailing the Comelec’s October 10, 2012 resolution. Read the rest of this entry

Aga Muhlach seeks dismissal of disqualification case

Actor-turned-politician Aga Muhlach asked Monday the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to dismiss for lack of merit the disqualification case filed against him on allegations that he is not a natural-born Filipino citizen.

Muhlach, who is running for the fourth congressional district of Camarines Sur in the May 2013 elections, was accused of a certain Gilmar Pacamarra of being a dual citizen, on account of his father, who had been given recognition by the Spanish government of being its citizen. The disqualification case was filed three weeks ago. Read the rest of this entry