Beng reaffirms thrust on just, honest pursuit of laws PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2012 14:29

House Deputy Speaker and District 1 Representative Beng Climaco-Salazar has expressed elation over the Regional Trial Court decision junking the petition of former Zamboanga del Norte congressman Romeo Jalosjos for inclusion in the permanent voter’s list in Zamboanga.

Climaco said this as she reiterated her advocacy for a  just and honest pursuit of laws.

“Our office received the decision of the Regional Trial Court on 31 October 2012 through our counsels and once again the decision served had been consistent since the beginning at the Election Registration Board to the Municipal Trial Court and now at the RTC,” Climaco declared.

The RTC Branch 14 with Presiding Judge Reynerio Estacio affirmed decision of the Municipal Trial Court junking Jalosjos’ petition for inclusion in the permanent list of voters in precinct 1465-A in barangay Tetuan, this city.

“May I once again reiterate that this had been an advocacy for a just and honest pursuit of the laws of this country with its sanctity being kept intact,”the lady solon, who along with Adelante Zamboanga president Jomar Lobregat opposed Jalosjos’ application for voter’s registration, said.

Bein part of legislation, she stressed, she had seen the importance of these laws and “following them judiciously is what is expected of all of us.”

“We continuously pray that all this will come to a peaceful resolution and shall ensure a public service that has the foundations of honesty, sincerity and integrity”, she added.

In its decision, promulgated October 31, the RTC stressed that the Municipal Trial Court “correctly applied the provision of Article 41 of the Revised Penal Code which provides that the “penalties of reclusion perpetua and reclusion temporal shall carry with them that xxx xxx xxx  of perpetual absolute disqualification which the offender shall suffer even though pardoned as to the principal penalty, unless the same shall have been remitted in the pardon”. And since under Article 30 (2) of the same code, the penalties of perpetual or temporary absolute disqualification shall produce the effect of “deprivation of the right to vote in any election for any popular elective office, the appellant is thus, disqualified to vote and perpetually”.

Climaco’s opposition to Jalosjos’ application for voter’s registration is based on grounds that the former Zamboanga del Norte solon was convicted of two counts of statutory rape and 6 counts of acts of lasciviousness with accessory penalty of absolute perpetual disqualification of the right to vote and to be voted upon. — Marvin Segura