ARINGAY, La Union – The Commission on Elections 2nd Division has dismissed the disqualification case against the incumbent vice- mayor here who is running for reelection in the May 9, 2016 elections.
Comelec Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreno and Sharif Abas unanimously junked the petition of former Mayor Teresita Ong against Vice- Mayor Charlie Juloya because of lapses in the procedures in filing the disqualification case.
“It was revealed that the case was filed out of time. The petition to deny or cancel the certificate of candidacy (of Juloya) must be filed within five days from the last day of filing (of COC) but not later than 25 days,” reads the 3-page Comelec’s decision released last January 18.
On November 9, 2015, or 28 days after the filing of COC on Oct. 12, Ong filed the case seeking the cancellation of Juloya’s COC, alleging that he did not relinquish his permanent resident status in the United States.
“Since the petition was filed only on Nov. 9, the same was clearly filed out of time. Considering the serious procedural lapse committed by the petitioner, the instant petition is dismissed,” the Comelec said..
Juloya claimed he already renounced his US citizenship but did not show proof.
Ong, who finished her nine- year term in 2013, is seeking election against incumbent Mayor Eric Sibuma. JUN ELIAS / northboundasia.com