Disqualification, criminal raps filed against Pareja PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:49

Businessman Joaquin "Sonny" Diaz Jr. has filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) a petition for disqualification and with the City Prosecutor's Office a criminal case against reelected Talisayan Barangay Chair Josephine Pareja and seven others in connection with the holding by the latter of a medical-dental program on Oct. 9 which was already part of a barangay election campaign period, and for allegedly hiring a public utility jeepney to ferry voters to the poling place during the election day on Oct. 25.

In his petition submitted to the Comelec, Diaz , who ran against Parejain the barangay election, said his petition is filed pursuant to Resolution No. 9048 issued by Comelec and promulgated on Oct. 5, 2010.

Diaz said that Pareja and other respondents (Barangay Councilmen Honorato Somblingo, Arcelita Dumile, Alicia Matarlo, Arsenia  Barahim and Bernardo Orpiano as well as Agapito Picardal and Eduardo Mendoza "have collectively attended a medical-dental outreach program at the new building of the Talisayan National High School, an undertaking that was aptly documented through video..."

Diaz said during the outreach program, Pareja and the other respondents were all wearing red t-shirt bearing the imprints that read:" Luv ko si Cap Pin-Pin volunteers" ..."to signify their unity of political purpose and design with the evident intention of gaining easy access to the electorates...."

He said during the program, only the respondents, and none of the other political aspirants were present, "affirming that the activity had their color of politics."

He added the involvement of the respondents in the medical-dental outreach program was a violation of  Comelec's Resolution No. 9043.

In the petition, Diaz attached his affidavit of complaint and the affidavit of two witnesses in connection with his accusation that Pareja, Somblingo and Matarlo allegedly hired a PUJ to ferry voters to the polling places.

Diaz stated in the affidavit that during the election day on Oct. 25, he received an information about public transports fetching voters to the polling place at the Talisayan Elementary School.

He said when he verified, he learned that the driver of the PUJ ferrying the voters was Ricardo Quintas and his aide was Richard Pangasian.

Diaz said he and Quintas proceeded to the police station 9 in Ayala to file a complaint on the matter.

Diaz said that during an investigation, Quintas admitted the alleged participation of Kagawad Somblingo in the hiring of the PUJ to ferry the voters.

The complainant quoted Quintas to have said that it was Somblingo who ordered him to fetch the voters, while Matarlo was the one who allegedly gave him P1,500 as payment for the service.

"Ferrying of registered voters to the polling places, at the expense of herein-named respondents, is clearly with an intention to solicit votes in their favor, and as such is an election offense prohibited under the Omnibus Election Code..." Diaz said.

Diaz added that Pareja's participation in the hiring of the PUJ to fetch voters is supported by "physical eletronic evidence through call-log system registry that can retrieve from the cell phone of Quintas."

"I was also told by Ricardo (Quintas) that his communication link with Pinpin (Pareja) arose from the ferrying contract described earlier, and purposely for the election, so that at no time in the past had they exchanged cellular phone numbers," Diaz said.

In their affidavit, Quintas and Pangasian claimed that Pareja approached them on Oct. 22 to make arrangement for the ferry of voters to the  polling places.

On the day of the election, Quintas and Pangasian said Somblingo also ordered them to ferry the voters.

The two witnesses pointed to Matarlo as the person who paid P1,500 for the ferrying service.

Diaz also submitted his complaint with the City Prosecutor's Office against Pareja, et al.. for election offenses, particularly for alleged premature campaigning and and vote buying.