THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) En Banc has denied the Motion for Reconsideration of Pandi, Bulacan Mayor Celestino “Tinoy” Marquez questioning the certification of the sufficiency of the petition for recall filed against him.
Pandi Municipal Acting Election Officer 4 Edna S. Gener on Wednesday said that the 12 pages resolution of Comelec en banc, dated March 28, 2018, has resolved to deny the motion of Marquez for “lack of merit” where the Minute Resolution was affirmed by Comelec Acting Chairman Al Parreno along with other commissioners Com. Lui Tito Guia, Com. Sheriff Abas with a dissenting opinion attached by Com. Rowena Amelia Guanzon.
The recall petition was filed by Arnold Lagdameo, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Pandi town on October 26, 2017, before the office of then Comelec municipal Election Officer (EO) Emelyn Mendoza for loss of confidence due to an overwhelming dearth of hope and trust on Mayor Marquez leadership.
The grounds for the petition are a continuous rising of unsolved heinous crimes that resulted to the death of several persons (murder/ homicide) and the loss of personal properties thru robbery and theft where the local government allegedly remained deaf to the outcry of the people of Pandi.
On November last year, the Comelec approved the recommendation of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations(ODEDO) to certify the sufficiency of the recall petition against Mayor Marquez but the latter filed a Motion for Reconsideration questioning the certification of the petition for recall’s sufficiency.
The Comelec found the petition to be sufficient in form and that the petitioner has satisfactorily complied and met the required percentage of signatures on the total number of voting population.
A total of 19,214 signatures of supporting petitioners from 55,097 voting population were acquired by the petitioner which is 34.87% from only 20% required to move forward the petition to recall.
EO4 Gener said that after receiving the affirmation, they will notify first both parties regarding the publication of the sufficiency of the recall petition and post it in five public and conspicuous places in the local government units affected within 10-20 days for the purpose of examination, verification, and validation of the petition and authenticity of the signatures.
The schedule of verification of the authenticity of signatures was set on April 23-28 after 10-20 days of posting, Gener said. (RONDA Balita Online News)