Jomar thanks court for adverse ruling on Jalosjos PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2012 14:29

“That is what we always believe—he is disqualified to be a voter because of his conviction for statutory rape and acts of lasciviousness”.

Thus said Adelante Zamboanga President Jomar Lobregat after the Regional Trial Court junked Romeo Jalosjos’ plea for inclusion in the permanent list of voters in Tetuan this city.

The RTC adverse decision on Jalosjos’ plea is the fourth blow on the former Zamboanga del Norte’s bid for mayor in the 2013 elections. Last August, on opposition of Lobregat and District I Representative Beng Climaco, the Election Registration Board disapproved Jalosjos’ application for voter’s registration and later affirmed it when Jalosjos sought reconsideration.

Last October 18, the Municipal Trial Court Branch 1 presided by Judge Nancy Bantayanon-Cuaresma denied Jalosjos’ petition for inclusion in the permanent list of voters—a decision that was affirmed by the RTC Branch 14 last October 31.

Lobregat vowed to continue to oppose the former Zamboanga del Norte congressman’s petition to be a voter and a candidate in all venues that the latter goes.
“He should already stop trying to convince the people of Zamboanga that he can run when obviously he cannot,” Jomar Lobregat said.

The Adelante Zamboanga president’s opposition on Jalosjos’ plea to be a voter and a candidate is mainly due to the latter’s conviction for two counts of statutory rape and 6 counts of acts of lasciviousness promulgated by the Court in Manila and affirmed by the Supreme Court in 2001.

The conviction has an accessory penalty of reclusion perpetua and reclusion temporal which is absolute perpetual disqualification from the right of voting and being voted upon.

“My advice to him is just respect the rule of law,” Lobregat said referring to the former solon from Zamboanga del Norte.

He added: “We are very happy that the Court gave no merit to his petition because that is what we always believed—that he is disqualified to be a voter”. — Rey Carbonel