Comelec junks poll protest vs Lamitan Mayor Rose Furigay PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 13:05

The second division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday dismissed the election protest filed by a losing mayoralty candidate in Lamitan City Hegem Furigay against his aunt, now seated Mayor Rosita Uy-Furigay, for reasons of procedural lapses and lack of interest on the part of the complainant.

Mayor Rosita Furigay’s lawyer Quirino Esguerra Jr said that former Lamitan No. 1 Councilor Hegem Furigay and his lawyer failed to attend the preliminary conference and also failed to file the necessary preliminary conference brief.

Section 5 of Comelec Resolution No. 9720 says the preliminary conference brief should be submitted and received by the parties involved and that of by Comelec office at least one day before the hearing, according to Esguerra, a known election lawyer.

Esguerra said that included in the hearing process, Comelec mandates concerned parties to appear during the scheduled preliminary conference.

Section 6 of Comelec Resolution No. 8804 as amended by Resolution No.9164 states failure to appear during the scheduled preliminary conference would resolve to summary dismissal of the case.

Apart from the procedural lapses, Esguerra said, the complainant could hardly prove their case because of lack of merits.

Hegem Furigay filed the protest seeking for recounting of votes in the 11 out of the 45 barangays in Lamitan City where he suspected massive vote buying and other election violations took place during the May 13, 2013 elections. –Jimmy Villaflores