Vil­lage chief, bet caught vi­o­lat­ing elec­tion law

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A VIL­LAGE chief, a re­served Colonel of the Philip­pine Air Force was caught on cam­era giv­ing out cam­paign ma­te­ri­als some 20 me­ters away from the polling precinct past 8 a.m. on May 14.

Lawyer and law professor Lauro Ga­cayan, whose son caught on cam­era for­mer Palma-Ur­bano barangay chair­man Al­berto Reyes and Palma-Ur­bano barangay chair­man bet Boy Cruz dis­tribut­ing cam­paign ma­te­ri­als said, “it is time to cleanse Baguio of elec­tion law vi­o­la­tors.”

As­so­ci­a­tion of Barangay Cap­tains pres­i­dent and coun­cilor Michael Lawana ac­cord­ing to Ga­cayan iden­ti­fied the duo in the pho­to­graph taken by his son.

Ga­cayan said he is for­mally press­ing charges against Reyes and Cruz.

Also posted by Ga­cayan on Face­book, the in­ci­dent al­ready earned 51 com­ments and 18 shares mid af­ter­noon Mon­day, and count­ing.

Efforts to reach for­mer barangay chair­man Reyes, whose fam­ily comes from an in­flu­en­tial political clan in Baguio City, and can­di­date Cruz re­mained fu­tile.

Com­elec-Baguio Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sor Atty. John Paul Ale­gre Martin said, “that is wel­come,” adding, “let the for­mal charges against those per­sons

be filed.”

Reyes and Cruz, when found guilty, face per­pet­ual dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice, lawyer Ga­cayan said. Aside from the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, a jail term of not less than 1 year but not more than 6 years with­out pro­ba­tion will be meted out for them.

Sec­tion 5, Art. IX-C of the 1987 Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion also says no par­don, pa­role, amnesty or pro­ba­tion will be granted for those found guilty of elec­tion of­fenses with­out the fa­vor­able rec­om­men­da­tion of the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion en banc, Ga­cayan fur­ther cited.

Atty. Martin also claimed they have caught sev­eral other vi­o­la­tors ear­lier Mon­day dis­tribut­ing sam­ple bal­lots near polling precincts.

He vowed elec­tion law vi­o­la­tors would be for­mally charged “to teach them lessons.”

At around 9:30AM, 48 – year - old Nestor Tabuyan Pelino, from Up­per Pinget barangay here, was caught by mem­bers of the Pub­lic Or­der and Safety Di­vi­sion (POSD) dis­tribut­ing sam­ple bal­lots in­side the polling precincts at the Baguio Cen­tral Ele­men­tary School, just a stone-throw away from the Baguio City Hall.

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