(City Legal Office to investigate )Petitions falsified to join Bangsamoro? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 14:56

By RG Antonet Go

A Sangguniang Panlungsod committee is asking the City Legal Office to investigate the alleged falsification of resolutions to support the petitions filed by three island barangays to join the Bangsamoro territory.

The investigation was proposed by the Council Committee on Ordinances and Resolutions following a committee hearing yesterday on the alleged petitions filed by three barangays to join the Bangsamoro.

Three barangays captains, Busay Captain Antonio Abdulla, Landang Gua Captain Benjamin Abdulla and Tumalutab Chief Jailun Abunawas, reportedly denied filing the petitions before the Commission on Elections when they were confronted by First District Congressman Celso Lobregat.

During the investigation,  at least two barangays captains, Benjamin Abdulla and Antonio Abdulla, reiterated their denial in filing the petitions.

Busay Barangay Captain Antonio Abdulla said that they did not hold any barangay session last October 21 and claimed that their signatures on the resolution that allegedly supports the petition were falsified.

Landang Gua Barangay Captain Benjamin Abdulla said that they were made to sign a document which purportedly supports the implementation of solar and water projects for the barangay.

Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete, Commission on Elections District 1 Election Officer, confirmed that petitions have indeed been filed and filing fees have been paid at the Comelec Office in Manila.

Initial investigation also showed that the captains were not the personalities who went to the Comelec office to file the petitions.

Committee on Ordinances and Resolutions Chairman Councilor Cesar “Sang” Jimenez proposed to have the allegations of falsification investigated by the City Legal Office.  (RGAAGo)