Musa to file disqualification case against Mayor Climaco PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:46

By BHONG SIMBAJON

After the completion of the necessary documents, Indigenous People (IP) representative to the City Council Ismael Musa is set to file with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) a disqualification case against Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar for alleged violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

The case came after Musa discovered from the official data of the City Election Office that Mayor Climaco allegedly spent campaign money during the last elections more than what is allowed by law.

In an interview with local newsmen yesterday morning, Musa said that when he wrote the City Election Office asking for the official number of registered voters in the entire city, he, at the same time requested for the official records of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) of the local candidates who ran for various positions.

Along the way, Musa said he found out that based on the official records of Comelec on the submitted SOCE of candidates, Mayor Climaco spent P 1,319,389.22 which is more than what candidates are allowed to do so.

He said said that based on Batas Pambansa 881 or the Omnibus Election Code, each candidate is allowed to spend P3.00 only for each voter if he or she is a political party member.

Based on Comelec records, Musa said, District 1 has 213,715 registered voters while District 2 has 199,080 with a total of 412,795 voters in the entire Zamboanga city.

“Based on the documents I was able to get from Comelec, the mayor has fooled our people, the mayor spent so much than what is allowed by law and this is a ground for disqualification because she committed a violation of the existing law,” Musa said.

Musa explained that if we multiply by P3.00 by the total number of registered voters in Zamboanga which is 412,795 voters, it will only be P1,238,385.00 , hence Climaco overspent P81,004.22.

Article IX, Section 68 on the Eligibility of Candidates of the Omnibus Election Code explains that any candidate will be subject for disqualifications if; Any candidate who, in an action or protest in which he is a party is declared by final decision of a competent court guilty of, or found by the Commission of having given money or other material consideration to influence, induce or corrupt the voters or public officials performing electoral functions; spent in his election campaign an amount in excess of that allowed by this Code; solicited, received or made any contribution prohibited under Sections 89, 95, 96, 97 and 104; or violated any of Sections 80, 83, 85, 86 and 261, paragraphs d, e, k, v, and cc, sub-paragraph 6, shall be disqualified from continuing as a candidate, or if he has been elected, from holding the office. Any person who is a permanent resident of or an immigrant to a foreign country shall not be qualified to run for any elective office under this Code, unless said person has waived his status as permanent resident or immigrant of a foreign country in accordance with the residence requirement provided for in the election laws.

“I am expecting the good Comelec office to act on this because this act of the mayor is a ground for her perpetual disqualification from holding a public office,” Musa said.

Reacting to the statements of Musa during her Monday press conference at City Hall, Climaco first smiled and with a loud voice said she does not know anything about the case being threatened by Musa.

She said it was her first time to hear it from the media themselves who attended the press conference.

Climaco said she is willing to answer Musa’s allegations and will face him in court.

“Ara lang yo se ya sabe, mira pa yo el cosa caso ya tamen ele ta planta because I am his (Musa) favorite, I wish him Vaya Con Dios!” Climaco said. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News