MANILA, Philippines – “Being insufficient in form and substance.”
That is the reason the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division has dismissed the protest filed against incumbent Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto filed by former Pasig Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said on Monday that the Second Division voted unanimously to dismiss the protest.
Jimenez noted that Eusebio’s protest “failed to reflect a detailed specification of the acts or omissions complained of showing the electoral frauds, anomalies, or irregularities in the protested precincts.”
The decision was promulgated last August 30.
According to reports, the poll body’s decision was confirmed by Sotto’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal.
The poll body said in its nine-page decision that Eusebio’s camp failed to present enough proof to support the former mayor’s claims against Pasig City’s new mayor.
“The failure to indicate the required contents in the election protest will result to summary dismissal,” the memorandum signed by presiding Commissioner Luie Tito Guia and Commissioners Socorro Inting and Antonio Kho noted.
Eusebio claimed that there were some clustered precincts where vote counting and machine malfunctions with SD card glitches happened on election day.
Eusebio claimed that there were 29 clustered precincts missing in the statement of votes, among other issues.
He also accused Sotto of engaging in vote-buying. The now-mayor was also accused of committing other irregularities and fraud during the day of voting.
Sotto, however, shrugged off the claims as being “vague and generic” and asked the Comelec to junk the protest.
The poll body also noted that “there was no mention in the election protest that objections were made during the conduct of voting.”
Sotto ended the 37-year reign of the Eusebios in Pasig City by way of a landslide victory over Bobby Eusebio in last May’s polls.
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