MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) upheld the petition for recall elections filed by the supporters of former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora against the city’s incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez.
However, until now, the camp of Mayor Guia has yet to receive a copy of the decision of the poll body.
Comelec, meanwhile, clarifies that the 3-day deadline for the Mayor’s submission of a motion for reconsideration will begin once Guia receives the said ruling.
“We have yet to receive proof that it has already been served to her. We are not counting the days. So I think, the latest we know about that is she was out of the country. So we’ll see what happens when the en banc resumes session next week,” Comelec Spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said.
The said petition already has 30,000 signatures.
However, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, the son of Mayor Gomez, claims San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora and his son Francis are bribing the residents to sign the said petition.
According to Comelec, they have yet to receive any appeals or complaints from San Juan residents that they are being coerced to support the recall election petition of the former vice mayor.
“Well the signatures are affixed by people and it’s the people’s choice if they will sign or not. I have not received any report or whatever. But in general, Comelec cannot really look into why a person signed unless they have proof, that they are coerced,” Jimenez said.
Comelec, meanwhile, assured that they are taking fair steps regarding the petition especially since the right of the people is at stake.
“Very important that you monitor the news and make sure na iyong pinaniwalaang balita ay iyong tunay lang — iyong galing lang sa Comelec. Makikita natin in the past, sa mga similar situations, may tendency na naglipanang misinformation. So kaunting ingat lang sa mga botante ng San Juan. Make sure that you are getting the information straight from authorized resources,” said Jimenez.
(Very important that you monitor the news and make sure that the news you hear is true — the one that comes from the Comelec itself. We can see that in the past, in similar situations, there is a tendency to spread misinformation. San Juan has a small voting population. Make sure that you are getting the information straight from authorized resources.) – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue