Comelec disqualifies Jalosjos brothers, boxing promoter in May polls


Former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos . INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified brothers Romeo and Dominador Jalosjos and boxing promoter Rex Ong Salud from running in the May 2013 elections.

Through three separate en banc resolutions promulgated Tuesday, Comelec has cancelled the certificates of candidacy of the three and has removed their names from the official ballot that will be used in the upcoming elections.

Romeo Jalosjos, who was previously convicted of statutory rape with the penalty of reclusion perpetua and permanent disqualification from voting, had filed a certificate of candidacy for the position of mayor of Zamboanga city.

Being an unregistered voter, he does not meet the qualifications required of all candidates, the resolutions stated.

He had earlier filed a petition to be included in the list of voters before the Zamboanga City Regional Trial Court (RTC) but it was dismissed for lack of merit.

“As a result of non-inclusion in the list of voters of precinct no. 1465-A, second district of Zamboanga City, Romeo G. Jalosjos’ Certificate of Candidacy as Mayor of Zamboanga City in the May 13, 2013 national and local elections should likewise be cancelled,” the resolution said.

Dominador Jalosjos’ certificate of candidacy as governor of Zamboanga del Sur was also cancelled after the Cebu City RTC had convicted him of robbery.

The Comelec resolution cited an order from the Supreme Court to cancel Dominador’s certificate of candidacy moto proprio.

“The final judgement of conviction is notice to the Comelec of the disqualification of the convict from running for public office,” the resolution said.

Meanwhile, Rex Ong Salud’s certificate of candidacy for the position of mayor of Cordova, Cebu was cancelled on the basis of his not being able to comply with the residency requirement to be a registered voter.

“[To comply] with the residency requirement … actual presence in the district on intends to represent must satisfy the length of time prescribed by [law]. Rex Ong Salud’s failure to do so rendered [his appeal] unmeritous,” the Comelec resolution said citing the decision of Mandaue City RTC.

“As a results of the denial of [Salud’s petition his] certificate of candidacy … should likewise be cancelled,” the resolution said.

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  • mon key

    ” Dominador Jalosjos’ certificate of candidacy as governor of Zamboanga del Sur was also cancelled after the Cebu City RTC had convicted him of robbery.” . . . and he filed his certificate of candidacy from Prison or is he freely walking around? This is a travesty!

  • RyanE

    Good! Kudos to the Comelec!

    If this is the time of Mr. Abalos, then for sure this convicted child-rapist will surely be allowed to run as he was a supporter of Mrs. Arroyo. It’s actually her who reduced his jail term.

  • sl1

    Good job Comelec!

  • Jose Mateo S. Boza

    It’s too bad Aquino can’t have this rapist thrown back into jail.

  • blainz

    Felons should be disqualified from running for public office. Common sense.

    Nice job Comelec, now do the same to the father and son Estradas!

  • at-large

    At least na walis pa unti unti ang mga salut

  • Barak_O

    such is the difference between the little girl and abnoynoy

  • k

    what is the difference?im confused…bakit paiba-iba?

    1. A convicted child rapist sentenced to life imprisonment and  spent many years in the national penitentiary—disqualified to vote.

    2.A convicted robber sentenced to imprisonment and  spending years in the prison—disqualified to vote.

    3.A convicted plunderer sentenced to life imprisonment but  never spend time in the national penitentiary—qualified to vote

  • Pedro

    Kapal  naman  ng  mukha  nitong  magkapatid  na  ito. . .talagang  ayaw  mawalan  ng  power. .  kapit  tuko. . 

    • Summerspice

       Jalosjos brothers are disgusting!

  • LeoSanMig

    If the Jalosjos brothers are disqualified from running for office due to their convictions, then why is Erap running for the post of Mayor of the City of Manila? Isn’t he a convicted plunderer?

  • LeoSanMig

    Am I hearing Mayor Lim calling his lawyer at this very moment? And is Erap doing the same thing right now? 

  • Paliwaweng

    Is filing fictitious candidacy not a crime? There ought to be laws to safeguard the sanctity and sanity of our election laws. These people are doing a mockery of people’s suffrage rights. It is a complete disregard and utter contempt to the our laws.
    Disqualify all convicted candidates as per our laws’.
    And jail those comelec personnel/commissioners who approved the candidacy of those disqualified by law by their commission of crimes.

  • Summerspice

    Why would people still vote  a convicted rapist?Comelec did the right thing of disqualifying Romeo Jalosjos and his brother.



  • Ding

    Naku, sayang, nawala sila sa grupo ng mga may nakakahiyang kasong kriminal sa partidong nakikiangkas sa popular na administrasyon

    GO COMELEC GO… mayro’n pa yatang naiwan…na hinihiling ng matitinong taongbayan i-disqualify dahil sai isang convicted na kasong nakakahiya, na nagyayabang pa sa kaniyang being immoral.

  • Danyel

    dapat lang…dami na nakurakot ng mga yan..billionaires na sila…pero kung nasa COMELEC pa si Nicodemo Ferrer na kampon ni satanas ay sure na pasok pa rin ang Jalosjos bros. Buti wala na si Ferrer na sobrang siba sa pera …..

  • Danyel

    Ang kakapal ng mga mukha ng mga Jalosjos…..parang mga hyena at leon…masisiba at matatakaw

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