MANILA Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is confident that the election protest case filed against him by losing candidate Robert Bobby Eusebio will be dismissed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
In an interview after the hearing of the case before the poll body's Second Division, the newly-elected local chief executive noted that the case is just a harassment.
Para sa akin oo, harassment na lang po ito, pero (For me this is just harassment, but) we will respect the process, we will respect the decision of the Comelec. Confident naman kami sa magiging resulta ng hatol (We are confident of the results of the ruling), he said.
Sotto added that he does not need to issue a statement regarding the case, noting that the result of the May 2019 polls is very clear.
Basta ang alam ko malinaw ang tinig ng mga PasigueAo, alam naman nila yun, kahit 'yung mga nag-file ng kaso alam naman nila 'yun (As for me, I know that the voice of the PasigueAos are clear. They know that. Even those who filed the case, they know that), the 30-year-old Pasig City mayor added.
Sotto's counsel Romulo Macalintal reiterated their position before the Comelec to dismiss the case since the petitioner has no clear basis.
He added that giving due course to the petition would only counter the poll body's statement that the recent polls was clean, honest and orderly.
The Comelec should not give credit nor due course to this kind of petition otherwise it runs counter to the Comelec's claim that the election was clean honest and orderly, the lawyer added.
Last month, Eusebio filed the election protest claiming that his votes in some 29 clustered precincts were missing.
Sotto won by some 86,500 votes over his closest rival in the May 2019 elections. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency