Bu­la­can poll ex­ecs face contempt over re­call pro­ceed­ings

The Philippine Star - - THE NATION - – Ra­mon Efren Lazaro

MALO­LOS – At least 21 elec­tion of­fi­cers (EOs) in Bu­la­can may be cited in contempt for de­fy­ing a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der (TRO) stop­ping the verification of signatures on the re­call elec­tion pe­ti­tion filed against Gov. Wil­helmino Sy Al­varado.

The EOs pro­ceeded with the verification af­ter the Com­mi­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) gave the go-sig­nal on Wed­nes­day.

Per­lita Men­doza, lead pe­ti­tioner for the re­call elec­tion, told The STAR only the EOs from Donya Reme­dios Trinidad, Hagonoy and Paom­bong towns did not pro­ceed with the sig­na­ture verification pro­ceed­ings.

One of the EOs, who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied, said they were told to ap­pear be­fore the sala of Re­gional Trial Court Branch 83 Judge Gre­go­rio Agloro yes­ter­day.

“The ac­tions of the elec­tion of­fi­cers… which are in­tended in fur­ther­ance of the re­call pro­ceed­ings…are cov­ered by the TRO is­sued by this court,” Agloro’s or­der stated.

Al­varado is not ques­tion­ing the Com­elec for ad­min­is­ter­ing elec­tion laws, but is only seek­ing the in­ter­ven­tion of the court to stop the process, cit­ing al­leged vi­o­la­tion in the pro­ce­dure, the or­der added.

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