Comelec junks poll protest vs. Vico Sotto

MANILA The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed the election protest filed against Pasig City Mayor Victor Ma. Regis "Vico" Sotto by his predecessor, Robert Eusebio, for insufficiency in form and substance.

In a unanimous decision, the poll body's Second Division junked the election protest for failure to show sufficient evidence of the supported irregularities in the last May polls.

...the Commission (Second Division) finds the election to be insufficient in form and content as it 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 nine-page ruling stated, which was promulgated last August 30.

Also, the Comelec noted that majority of the pieces of evidence submitted by the petitioner does not prove the allegations.

The bulk of proofs attached to the election protest consists of sworn statements from supporters and watchers of protestant, which on closer examination do not support or provide specific details on the averments to which they refer to, it said.

These sworn statements can be considered self-serving and one-sided in Protestant's favor, the decision added.

The Second Division is headed by Commissioner Luie Guia and Commissioners Socorro Inting and Antonio Kho, Jr., as members.

On the other hand, Sotto's counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, welcomed the ruling of the Second Division.

The order of the Comelec is a welcome development in our electoral process since 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 govt unit, he said in a statement.

Sotto led by 87,500 which is indeed overwhelming and impossible to be overtaken by a recount of the ballots, the election lawyer added.

Last June, Eusebio filed the election protest citing supposed irregularities during the May 2019 polls including his missing votes in some 29 clustered precincts.

Sotto's camp earlier pushed for the dismissal of the case since the petitioner has no clear basis. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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