SC junks poll protest vs Laguna officials

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Friday, April 19, 2013

MANILA -- Isidro Hemedes Jr. and Rommel Gecolea will remain as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, of Cabuyao City in Laguna after the Supreme Court (SC) junked the election protest against them.

Dismissing the petition filed by losing mayoral and vice mayoral bets Nila Aguillo and Benjamin del Rosario, the Court said they failed to establish the alleged fraudulent and irregular acts during voting, counting of votes, and canvassing of results in the May 2010 elections.

“[T]he allegation that in several clustered precincts the votes electronically counter in favor of the protestants do not tally with the actual number of votes who actually voted for them is without any detail in all 133 precincts,” the ruling signed by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal stated.

Prior to seeking relief with the High Court, Aguillo and del Rosario lost in an en banc decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and in the Laguna Regional Trial Court on June 21, 2010.

Aguillo, a candidate of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), will try to spoil Hemedes' bid for a third straight term in the May 13 polls. Hemedes is running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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