Edding confident of winning election case PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 January 2011 16:53

District 2 Councilor Al-Jihan Edding has expressed optimism that the case filed against her by  Miguel Alavar and Roseller Natividad will be resolved in her favor.

Recently, the Comelec’s first division in Manila acted favorably on the verified Motion for Reconsideration (MR) filed by Edding, through her legal counsel Alfredo Jimenez with collaborating counsel Quirino Esguerra Jr.

In her motion, Edding asked Comelec that the resolution promulgated on November 11, 2010 be reconsidered and set aside.

Citing the valid reasons presented in the motion, Comelec certified and ordered that the said motion together with the entire records of the case be elevated to Comelec en banc for proper disposition. The order was signed by no less than Comelec presiding officer Rene Sarmiento on December 7, 2010.

In the December 2010 interview with Alavar, he said that the Comelec’s first division has come out with its decision in his favor, thereby mandating the City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) to reconvene and discuss the possibility of withdrawing its earlier decision when it proclaimed Edding as the No. 8 elected councilors in the second district.
Alavar was quoted to have said that the resolution of the Comelec’s First Division is final and executory.

In last Saturday radio interview, Edding described as misleading the statement made by City Hall and published by a local daily.

“If it is final and executory, the Comelec, for sure, will no longer entertain our verified motion for reconsideration. The fact that it has been elevated to Comelec en banc, the case is still alive and I am still the lawful winner in the election,” Edding stressed.

Edding said that until now, many of her supporters have been asking her about her status in the City Council.

“I appeal to my detractors not to exaggerate the issue. Just tell the truth and do not mislead the public by giving wrong information,” said the daughter of former Councilor Asbi Edding.    Edding called on her supporters to pray for the early resolution of the case “for I firmly believe that I was really elected into office and that the people have given me the mandate to serve them just like what my late father had done for the betterment of the city.” — Jimmy Villaflores