SC justice’s son takes oath as Marinduque congressman

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LORD Allan Jay Velasco, son of Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, was formally installed as congressman of Marinduque by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said the younger Velasco took his oath on Tuesday afternoon before a three-man special board of canvassers.

The board was composed of lawyers Josie Dela Cruz, clerk of court of the commission en banc, Abigail Lilagan, assistant clerk of court, and Director Ester Roxas of the election records and statistics department.

Asked about the implication of this development, Tagle said in a text message that is now up to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) who will be recognized between Velasco and Regina Reyes, who actually garnered the highest number of votes in the May 13 polls.

Reyes said the Supreme Court disregarded jurisprudence when it upheld the Comelec decision disqualifying her as candidate for being an American citizen way after she was proclaimed.

She appealed the SC ruling on Monday, along with a request for Associate Justice Jose Perez to inhibit from the case as he was Velasco’s deputy during his term as Court Administrator from 2001 to 2006.

Perez and Velasco were also part of the University of the Philippines College of Law Class of 1971.

“While it is not specifically a ground for inhibition, if taken into consideration with his being an immediate subordinate of Justice Velasco for about five years – a relationship so fresh that it immediately preceded their respective appointments as Members of the Supreme Court – their long acquaintance with each other grows in significance,” the motion read. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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