Pasig City – Former Mayor Robert Eusebio’s poll protest against current Mayor Vico Sotto was dismissed by the Second Division of Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
Insufficient In Form And Content
According to James Jimenez, COMELEC spokesperson, the dismissal that was issued last August 30 was unamimously decided by the poll body of the second district of COMELEC. The poll body cited insufficiency in form and content with Eusebio failing to provide adequate evidence to support his electoral complaint.
Jimenez quoted the decision saying, “It (Eusebio’s protest) failed to reflect a detailed specification of the acts or omissions complained of showing the electoral frauds, anomalies, or irregularities in the protested precincts.”
The poll body also declared the evidences presented by Eusebio as “self-serving and one-sided”, as they were mostly sworn statements from the former mayor’s poll watchers and supporters. Furthermore, the said statements failed to provide specific details about the accusations against the city’s current mayor.
Second Division Presiding Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia and member Commissioners Socorro B. Inting and Antonio T. Kho Jr. signed the dismissal order.
Poll Body’s Decision Welcomed By Sotto’s Camp
The COMELEC’s dismissal of the protest was delightfully welcomed by Mayor Sotto’s camp. In a statement by Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Sotto’s counsel, he regarded COMELEC’s order as a welcome development in the country’s electoral process.
Macalintal said, “The early resolution of protest cases, especially when the vote-lead of the winner is insurmountable as in this case, will surely ensure political stability in the concerned local government unit.”
“Sotto led by 87,500 which is indeed overwhelming and impossible to be overtaken by a recount of the ballots,” he pointed out.
An End To Eusebio Clan’s 27-Year Reign
By winning the mayoralty race in the 2019 mid-term election, Sotto put an end to the Eusebio clan’s domination in Pasig City politics since 1992. COMELEC’s dismissal of the electoral protest might just be the final nail in the coffin of Eusebio family’s 27-year reign in the city.
The former mayor can still, however, appeal the decision to the COMELEC En Banc.
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