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Quezon lawmaker: Mid-term election case moot and academic

Lucena City — A Quezon lawmaker whose proclamation and assumption to office is being questioned by her rival has asked the Commission on Elections to dismiss the case which has come under the the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal since she is now effectively discharging her duties as representative of the province’s 4th district. Rep. Angelina Tan, through her legal counsel George Erwin Garcia, said at Tuesday’s media conference here that she has filed a manifestation noting that  the controversy before the poll body has become moot and academic. Garcia noted that during the hearing of the case on June 14, presiding commissioner Elias Yusoph of the Comelec 2nd Division said that “unless the proclaimed winning candidate for congressional position assumed office which will start at noon of June 30 following the election, the Comelec still has jurisdiction to hear and decide the present controversy.” The manifestation said that Tan’s assumption to office and her performace of  official functions are evidenced by submissions of a certificate of completion awarded to her by the University of the Philippines, National College of Public Administration and Governance in partnership with the House of Representatives for attending the executive course on legislation for the new members of congress; certifications issued by the Bills and Index Service of Congress on her filing House Bill 00258 and HB00259 on July 1; and certification issued by lawyer Marilyn Barua-Yap, Secretary General of the House,on election documents covering her proclamation as member of Congress. Garcia said the Quezon provincial board of canvassers has proclaimed Tan winner in the congressional race with 84,782 votes over Wigberto Tanada Jr.’s 80,698. A third candidate, Alvin John Tanada, garnered 7,038 votes. On June 29 in Calauag town, Tan took her oath of office before Judge Chona Pulgar-Navarro of the Regional Trial Court indicating he assumption of office on June 30.
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