The petition for the recall of Puerto Princesa, Palawan Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron was again affirmed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in a Resolution promulgated 29 December 2014.
The COMELEC, in its resolution to the case EM No. 14-004, ruled to deny Bayron’s motion for reconsideration “after a careful review of the records and considering the applicable laws.” The poll body said they are standing pat on their earlier Resolution affirming the recommendation and findings of its Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations (ODEDO) on the sufficiency of the petition.
To recall, Mayor Bayron on 28 April 2014 filed a motion for reconsideration questioning the finding of sufficiency. He argued that the petition for recall that was filed by petitioner Alroben Goh was prematurely filed and that the petition failed to conform with the required form and substance. He also questioned the number of supporting signatories to the petition.
But the COMELEC is not persuaded by Mayor Bayron’s arguments.
“The contentions of Mayor Bayron disregard the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended and Resolution No. 7505 which serves as the implementing rules and regulations on recall. Furthermore, it deviates from the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in the case of Claudio v. COMELEC” it said.
Goh led the initiation of a recall petition against Mayor Bayron citing loss of trust and confidence by the people of Puerto Princesa City. On April 1, 2014, the COMELEC promulgated Resolution No. 9864 affirming the recommendation of its ODEDO on the sufficiency of the recall petition. ###