Comelec: Granting of petitions of candidates is not automatic
by Maritess B. Benas
Bangued, Abra (19 June) -- The Commission on Elections clarified that while candidates may file their petitions regarding the recently-concluded national and local elections, granting of petitions is not automatic.
Abra Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Vanessa M. Roncal made the clarification in the wake of queries on the petition of out-going Congresswoman Cecilia M. Seares-Luna. Roncal pointed out that the petition of Luna covers only two municipalities of Danglas and La Paz, contrary to reports that the petition concerned the entire province.
Luna had earlier filed a petition to the Commission on Elections praying for the declaration by COMELEC a failure of elections in the said municipalities.
Roncal explained that the granting of petition is not automatic. There is a need to prove all the allegations as reflected in the petition. She said COMELEC will have to first render a decision stating that there was indeed failure of elections and that special elections should be had."
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Maria Jocelyn Valera-Bernos won by more than 1,300 votes over incumbent Congresswoman Luna during the May 10, 2010 national and local elections. The other two candidates are former governor, Atty. Ma. Zita C. Valera, and former Bucloc mayor, Mailed G. Molina.
Meanwhile, preparations are now ongoing for the oath taking of unopposed - re-electionist Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin together with the Vice-Governor-elect Rolando Somera and Sangguniang Panlalawigan-elect, Ms. Rosario Bersamin, daughter of the late Congressman Luis Bersamin, Jr. The oath taking ceremony will be held at the Provincial Capitol Atrium on June 30, 2010. (PIA-Abra) [top]