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Jalosjos brods can’t run, says Comelec

Poll body reiterates law barring convicts from seeking elective posts



OZAMIZ CITY—Convicts are barred from seeking elective positions.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) made this ruling on the candidacies of Jalosjos brothers Romeo Sr. and Dominador Jr., citing a law that disqualifies convicts from running for elective posts.

Romeo Sr. is a child rape convict while Dominador Jr. has been convicted of robbery.

Romeo Sr. is seeking to run for mayor of Zamboanga City while Dominador Jr. is seeking to run for governor of Zamboanga del Sur.

In separate rulings on the brothers Jalosjos last Jan. 15, the Comelec said it is duty-bound to declare the two disqualified even “without a petition” because of the Jalosjos brothers’ criminal convictions.

Child rapist

Romeo Sr. is a convicted child rapist who has been released from jail due to good behavior while Dominador Jr. is a robbery convict. Both convictions had been affirmed by the Supreme Court.

In the case of Romeo Sr., his 1997 conviction for statutory rape was upheld by the High Court in 2001 while Dominador’s conviction by a lower court was affirmed in October last year.

“The commission is under legal duty to abide by the final judgment issued by the judiciary,” said the Comelec decisions.

It said under the Omnibus Election Code, “the final judgment of conviction is notice to the Comelec of the disqualification of the convict from running for public office.”

No pardon, no rights

Unless granted absolute pardon by the President, persons convicted of criminal offenses cannot even vote.

In the case of Romeo Sr., the Comelec also noted a regional trial court decision denying his petition for inclusion on the voters’ list of Zamboanga City, “which is deemed final and executory.”

The Comelec ruling on the candidacy of the Jalosjos siblings proved to be a major setback to the former lawmaker’s ambitious plan to expand his political influence to the rest of the Zamboanga peninsula.

The Zamboanga peninsula, or Western Mindanao region, is made up of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and the city of Zamboanga.

Expansion

Originally based in Zamboanga del Norte, the Jalosjoses’ appetite for political expansion started when they and their allies routed and dislodged the Hofer clan from power in Zamboanga Sibugay during the 2010 general elections.

Romeo’s son, Rommel, is currently Zamboanga Sibugay governor. Another son, Romeo Jr., is representative of the second congressional district of the province.

His daughter, Svetlana, is currently mayor of Baliangao town in Misamis Occidental which is geographically part of Zamboanga peninsula but is under the political jurisdiction of Northern Mindanao.

Svetlana’s bid for the gubernatorial post of Misamis Occidental had been announced but called off.

In parts of Western Mindanao, politicians allied with the Jalosjoses also occupy various elective posts or had filed certificates of candidacy to run in the May elections. Ryan Rosauro, Inquirer Mindanao


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Tags: Convicts , dominador jalosjos jr. , Elections , News , Regions , romeo jalosjos sr. , Zamboanga del Sur


  • richard ortega

    one of a few good decision made by comelec.

  • Observer_din

    ngayon lang nagkaroon ng desisyon sa mga ganyang kaso ang comeled, dati maski yata bibitayin na yung tao pwede pa tumakbo … BRAVO COMELEC!!!

  • magiting78

    Pano c Erap, pwd pa ba sya tumakbo?..convicted din sya although binigyan sya ng president clemancy ni PGMA pero conditional lng at may condition n hnd sya pwd mag seek ulit ng position s government…Commelec sana wag selective dapat lahat..

  • kwanrungchung

    What about Erap?
    The Comelec just said that the LP is not guilty of premature campaining despite that fact that the President and the Senatorial candidates of the LP appeared in Cebu and together on stage. PDI even quoted the President that the Candidates are his best bet for going through with Daang Matuwid and said that voting for other candidates would derail his programs.
    Is Daang Matuwid a selective application of the Law?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Susunod na si Erap niyan. Sana… sana nga para maging batayan ang court decision na ito na sa mga susunod na election na hindi na pwede maging opisyal ng bayan o govt ang isang sa ex-con…

  • imongredneck

    Thanks to Joseph Ejercito Aka Joseph Estrada, that ruling will be regularly violated or challenged.

  • tonyoks

    In separate rulings on the brothers Jalosjos last Jan. 15, the Comelec said it is duty-bound to declare the two disqualified even “without a petition” because of the Jalosjos brothers’ criminal convictions.

    this is good…very good!!!

    now what about the plundering Joseph”erap”estrada…where goes???

    convicted, arrested and pardoned…whats the story???

  • Guest

    ANG KAKAPAL NG APOG NG MGA JALOSJOS, NAKAKASUKA ANG ANGKAN NINYO, LALO NA ANG CHILD RAPIST NA RAOMEO JALOSJOS…O MGA NANAY SA ZAMBOANGA INGATAN ANG MGA ANAK NINYONG BATANG BABAE,….HUWAG NG IBOTO SAMPU MAN SA MGA ANGKAN NILANG KANDIDATO AT ANG KANILANG MGA ALLIES..

  • borgz

    Commission on Elections…….are you closing your eyes in favor of ERAP? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    yeah Comelec, if the Jalosjos guysare barred from running, why not disqualify ERAP too, who was convicted for PLUNDER…??????



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