Cabato files electoral protest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 May 2013 11:17

Councilor Jaime Cabato announced yesterday that he has filed with the Commission on Elections in Manila an electoral protest with Petition for Annulment of Proclamation in connection with the results of the May 13 elections in District 1 wherein he was eased out of the winning circle with a difference of few votes.

“My electoral protest is finally filed, but not after a grueling struggle,” said Cabato in a press statement.

The veteran city dad said he was at first reluctant to file the protest for various reasons, particularly the expenses.

“Truthfully, right from the very beginning I was entertaining doubts in having to take legal actions, The stakes are just too high,” Cabato said.

But, he said, after sending text messages to friends and supporters telling them of the prohibitive cost in the filing of electoral protest with the Comelec Manila, donations of P1,000, P5,000 and P10,000 came pouring in

“Please give me the privilege of expressing my gratitude to all them (friends and supporters. I just wish I had the blessing to mention their names. To all of them, thank you for your support,” Cabato said.

“So, now, the anxiety of my family, relatives, friends and supporters, to include my counsel Gian Paolo Enriquez, who is  doing a tremendous job, would be assuaged. Praise God! And no matter what the outcome thereof, we have to accept,” he added.

Reasons Cabato cited why he was at first reluctant to file the protest:

1.the filing fees are exceedingly prohibitive.

2.The cases are to be heard in Manila and there will be added expenses for my counsel. Plane tickets, meals, accommodations, little allowance here and there.

3. Speedy termination of petitions is not assured.

4. Counting might still be by HOCUS PCOS.

“But given the urge by friends and supporters, both moral and financial, the fight is on,” he said.