Electoral protest filed vs Sahidulla junked PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 July 2011 17:21

BANGUI-NGUI, Sulu – Rep. Nur Anna Sahidulla (2nd  district, Sulu) yesterday vowed to  bring more political stability and socio-economic development to her district aimed at uplifting the  economic living condition of her constituents.

Rep. Sahidulla said more socio-economic and livelihood programs will be implanted this year in her district to bail out the poor  people from poverty in her district.
Sahidulla said the dismissal of an electoral protest filed against her on June 28, 2011 by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal has  inspired her to double her effort in bringing more socio-economic and livelihood programs to  the 2nd  district in Sulu.

The second district of Sulu comprises the island towns of Banguin-gui, Kalingalan Caluang, Lugus, Luuk, Old Panamao, Omar, Pandami, Panglima Estino, Pata, Siasi, Tapul
The HRET dismissed  on June 23 the election protest filed  against Sahidulla  by losing candidate  Asani Tammang and affirmed Sahidulla’s  election as  representative of Sulu’s 2nd district in  Congress.
In a two-page decision, Atty Marie Grace Javier-Ibay, acting secretary of the HRET,  said “the Tribunal grants protestant’s motion to withdraw   the election protest filed on June 21, 2011 and  dismissed the instant election protest  and consequently, protestee’s counter-protest. The case is considered closed and terminated.”

In the May 14, 2010 local and national elections Sahidulla garnered 56,627 or 60.48 percent  of the total votes in all precincts as against Tammang who raked only  34,263 or 36.59 percent.
The electoral case docketed as Election Protest Number 10-046 filed by Tammang before the HRET, alleging that anomalies were committed during and counting of the votes, a factor that made him loss in the  election.

The decision also ordered the  Chief of Accounting and Cash Management Services of the House of Representatives  to process the papers for the  immediate release of the checks corresponding to the remaining unused cash deposits to the parties and their authorized representatives.

Sahidulla said that with the recent ruling of HRET, she can now work hard for the betterment of her constituents in the second district of Sulu.
She said  she will concentrate more on agricultural program like farming and fishing. She said fishing is the most important industry  in Sulu since the Sulu Sea is one of the richest fishing grounds in the country. — Nonoy E. Lacson