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Jalosjos raises poll case to SC

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Saying a provision in the Local Government Code has restored his right to vote and to run for office, convicted rapist Romeo Jalosjos on Monday asked the Supreme Court to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from disqualifying him to run for mayor in Zamboanga City in the May polls.

In a 60-page petition for certiorari, Jalosjos accused the Comelec of grave abuse of discretion and for violating his right to due process of the law when it canceled his certificate of candidacy (COC).

Moreover, he said through his lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Edgardo Carlo Vistan, that the poll body based its action on his being perpetually barred from voting because of his rape conviction and because he was not a resident of Zamboanga City.

Jalosjos was convicted of statutory rape in 1996 and sentenced to life imprisonment, which carries with it the accessory penalty of perpetual absolute disqualification to vote in any election or to be elected in office, in accordance with Article 30 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). But he was released from prison after serving a commuted term in 2009.

In his petition, Jalosjos said the RPC provision did not apply to him because it had been “partially amended” by Section 40 (a) of Republic Act No. 7160, or the Local Government Code.

That provision stated those disqualified from running for any elective local position were “those sentenced by final judgment for an offense involving moral turpitude or for an offense punishable by one year or more of imprisonment, within two years after serving sentence.”

Jalosjos said this meant that his disqualification was effective only “within two years after serving sentence.”

Since the former congressman was released on March 18, 2009, Jalosjos said he filed his COC for Zamboanga City mayor on Oct. 5, 2012, or after more than two years.

Jalosjos said the poll body en banc did not have jurisdiction over five disqualification cases filed against him that were pending before its first and second divisions.

He asked the Supreme Court to conduct a special raffle of his petition so that it could issue a status quo ante order stopping the Comelec from implementing its resolution against him.


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Tags: 2013 elections , Comelec , News , poll disqualification , poll protest , Regions , Supreme Court


  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    If the price is right Bob Barker! hahaha

  • Garo Ungaro

    Power/Money the reason why?…

  • Loggnat

    The Supreme Court should throw out Jalosjos petition for lacked of merit, lack of interest or something and/or rule that he is as a convict is not allowed to run for any public office including as a dog catcher or street sweeper. Period.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    In the Phils, if the right people are bribed with the right amount of money, even convicted criminals like Jalosjos can run for public office.

  • WAJ

    He got the guts for asking the Supreme Court to stop the COMELEC for disqualifying him to run for Mayor in Zamboanga City. What a jerk he is, an ignorant person didn’t know what is right and wrong. Didn’t know he is a felon. Does he think the Supreme Court will favor him? And if it does, it will be a mockery of the law of the lifetime…in the Philippines? nothing is impossible! Money talks very loudly in the country…Ask the congress and the senate and they will confirm it.



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