Court orders exclusion of neophyte mayoral candidate in Calbayog from list of voters

May 7, 2013 10:11 pm 

TACLOBAN CITY, May 7 -– With only six days left before the May 13 elections, a neophyte mayoral candidate in Calbayog City, Samar has been ordered delisted from the list of registered voters for failure to suffice residency claims at Cagnipa village.

The order, dated May 6, 2013 penned by Regional Trial Court Branch 32 Presiding Judge Feliciano Aguilar, was directed against respondent Angelie Tee Tan in separate petitions filed by Gary Robido and Myrna Labor, concerned city residents.

Judge Aguilar in his decision said the “candid testimonies of witnesses, who are also long, long time residents of the barangay, are persuasive.”

“Particularly that the respondent has not been able to present any evidence to rebut these testimonies,” he added.

Aguilar also took cognizance of the documentary evidences presented by petitioners among others the respondent’s lack of real property in Calbayog City.

Tan’s counsel, however, presented a lease contract signed by the lessor who happens to be the barangay captain of the village where her residency is being contested.

The court also agreed with the petitioners that the document “was tailored-fit to evade any explanation as to why the respondent is not a member of the electric cooperative.”

“There is nothing wrong in an individual changing residences so he could run for an elective post, for as long as he is able to prove with reasonable certainty that he has effected a change in residence for election purposes for the period required by law,” Aguilar stated.

Aguilar consequently ordered the election officer of Calbayog to exclude Tan from the list of voters in Precinct no 100B of Brgy. Cagnipa.

With the decision, it was learned that lawyers of the Liberal Party are now preparing to file a disqualification case against Tan.

Tan, who is an independent candidate, runs against incumbent Mayor Ronald Aquino of the Liberal.

She came from a strong political dynasty in Samar. Her mother, Rep. Mila Tan represents the province’s second district in the House of Representative. Her sister Sharee Ann is the incumbent governor and brother Jimboy is the present vice-governor.

Except for the brother who runs under Nacionalista Party (NP), the two others are under the ticket of the Nacionalist People’s Coalition (NPC). (PNA)

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