Jalosjos’ qualified voter case still unresolved PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:26

The issue on whether Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos’ name is included or not in the list of registration voters remains unsolved not until after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) here will issue a writ of execution relative to its earlier decision affirming the ERB and MTC resolutions which denied his (Jalosjos) application as a registered voter of Zamboanga City.

The writ of execution from RTC will be the strong basis for the local Comelec to officially remove the name of Jalosjos and such document (list of qualified voters) should be forwarded to Comelec central office for its perusal, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said in an interview over Tatak RMN-Zamboanga yesterday.

The very accommodating Comelec chairman explained that his office is still waiting for the reports of the different local Comelec offices for them to start the configuration of official ballot for the May 10, 2013 mid-term election.

Instead of January 4, 2013, Comelec central office has moved the configuration of the ballots to January 11, 2013, which many believe a victory on the part of Jalosjos.

“Jalosjos’ political rivals have been claiming that Jalosjos name will surely be deleted by January 4. But look, until now, the issue is still unsolved. We consider this as another victory for Jalosjos and we are pretty sure that his name will still be included in the master list of voters,” said a ZTZ (Zamboanguenos for the Transformation of Zamboanga) official.

ZTZ is a non-government organization put up by Mr. Jalosjos in Zamboanga City with some 200,000 members as of December 2012.

Another important thing for Jalosjos’ name to be included in the list of voters is for his battery of lawyers to secure a mandatory injunction from the court mandating or commanding Comelec to include his name in the official ballot pending resolution of his case in the Court of Appeals, Brillantes explained.

“Pag may writ of execution na from RTC and his group failed to secure court injunction, his name will not really be listed as a voter in Zamboanga kasi ang RTC decision prevails and it is final already,” Brillantes said as he further explained that the moment Jalosjos’ name will be excluded, “definitely he can not also be a candidate.”

Should Jalosjos’ name be printed in the official ballot and a final decision from a proper court be released denying his application as a voter on or before the election day, “he could be substituted by someone who has the same family name,” Brillantes said.

Unconfirmed reports circulating in Zamboanga City say if in case Jalosjos is finally disqualified, a candidate for mayor from another party will be supported or if his name will be listed as one of the candidates for mayor but will eventually be disqualified with final judgment on or before the election day, his mother Angelina Garcia-Jalosjos will be the only substitution. — Jimmy Villaflores