At a forum on Monday, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes Jr. said the poll body is “very likely to proceed with the recall” after all of the requirements are met.
He said that the recall proceedings, after publication, would have to undergo verification proceedings wherein the Office of the Election Officer will have to verify the authenticity of the supporting signatures to the Petition.
“After the verification process, we fix the date of the election,” Chairman Brillantes said.
To recall, Mayor Bayron on 28 April 2014 filed a motion for reconsideration questioning the finding of sufficiency of the recall petition against him. 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 En Banc in 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.
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. ###