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Recall petitioner hits Comelec bias

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY-- The petitioner in the  recall case against Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucio Bayron assailed  Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes for being “very biased” in suspending the recall election in the city.

The petitioner said Brillantes and Bayron are fraternity brothers.  “Chairman Brillantes just doesn’t want  the recall election to proceed because the one being recalled here is a fraternity brother,” said petitioner Al Robeh Goh, former information officer of Puerto Princesa.

Goh dismissed Brillantes’ statement  that the next steps related to the recall election, such as verifying the signatures of the registered voters, could not prosper for  lack of funds. 

Goh said the petition in the recall election was signed by  more  40,000 registered voters in Puerto Princesa City, exceeding the law-required 15 percent of the voting population.

Records from the Comelec showed there were 40,409 signatories to the petition for recall or more than twice the 19,335 needed.

In an interview, Goh said it’s not true  the Comelec has no funds to conduct the recall election.

He said they were informed by Palawan Rep. Douglas Hagedorn of the House of Representatives committee on appropriations that an inquiry with the Department of Budget and Management  confirmed the Comelec has funds to hold the recall elections.

On this basis, Goh said they filed with the Supreme Court on  June 6, 2014, a mandamus, directing the Comelec to do its job and proceed with the recall election in Puerto Princesa City.

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