(Metro News) Comelec allows Asistio to run in Kalookan

March 16, 2010 10:34 pm 

MANILA, March 16 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allowed former Caloocan Rep. Luis Asistio to run for mayor in the city after junking the petition for disqualification filed by the city’s incumbent Mayor Enrico Echiverri for lack of merit.

In a 16-page decision, the Comelec first division ruled against the petitioner, saying Asistio had already served his sentence and was subsequently pardoned in 1984 by the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

It added that the Local Government Code only requires a prohibitive period of two years after serving the sentence for a crime involving moral turpitude.

In his petition, Echiverri said that “Asistio should be barred from seeking public office because he was convicted of kidnapping for ransom five decades ago and even declared a false address on his certificate of candidacy.”

Likewise, the poll body was not convinced on the argument presented by the petitioner on the issue that Asistio is not a resident of Caloocan.

“It should be noted that the respondent’s family is known family is known to be one of the prominent political families in Caloocan City.”

“Respondent himself served as the city’s (second district) Representative in the House of Representatives having elected as such during the 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2004 elections,” the decision added.

It furthered, “Again in 2007, respondent ran for public office, this time seeking for the mayoralty seat. It is apparent from this actions of respondent that he never intended to abandon his domicile, Caloocan City, notwithstanding the purported absence thereof.”

Asistio, is running as an independent candidate while Echiverri is running under the Liberal Party, the incumbent mayor is running for a third and final term. (PNA)

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