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Samboan vice mayor, councilor have 5 days to stop recall move

CEBU, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) granted the vice mayor and a councilor of Samboan town five days to file a motion for reconsideration on the en banc’s decision to proceed with the recall petition against them.

Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Castillano said the five-day count started last Monday as soon Vice Mayor Rogelio Capa and first councilor Jeffrey Catipay received the notice.

The Comelec has just found sufficient basis to proceed with the recall petition against the two. Catipay is Capa’s son-in-law.

The petition was filed by Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Emerito Calderon, a former congressman, and the other councilors of Samboan.

If they fail to file a motion for reconsideration, Castillano said Samboan Comelec officer Nelson Lisundra will proceed with the recall proceedings.

Castillano said the Comelec has yet to verify the signatures of the petitioners to ascertain if the one who signed really exists. The Comelec will then order and schedule the recall election.

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Based on the record, 4,913 petitioners signed for Capa’s recall while 4,947 signed against Catipay. The figure exceeded the 25 percent of the total voting population requirement of the National Statistics Office or 2,520 signatures necessary for a petition to prosper.

The petitioners cited loss of confidence on both Catipay and Capa as basis for the recall petition.

Then again, Castillano said the final decision as regards the schedule of a recall proceeding will all depend on the Comelec En Banc, which will determine the budget. It can be recalled that the election for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao has been postponed.

“It’s all up to the en banc kay kung muingon ta na this year, nya wa pa’y budget. Budgeting baya next year, basin gipundoan diay?” he said. – (FREEMAN)

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