Comelec junks poll protest vs Bulacan town mayor
CITY OF MEYCAUAYAN — The Commission on Elections has dismissed an election protest filed against Mayor Henry Villarica by his defeated rival Judy Alarilla, due to a technicality.
In an Aug. 10 decision, the Comelec First Division faulted Alarilla, daughter of former Mayor Joan Alarilla, for procedural lapses.
Alarilla complained of fraud and irregularities, after losing to Villarica, a lawyer, by 43,665 votes.
But in its ruling, Comelec said Alarilla failed to submit documents to substantiate her complaint.
Alarilla’s lawyers said they had a difficult time seeking out voters data, but Comelec pointed out in its decision that the election protest identified “specific clustered precincts where the alleged election fraud or irregularity occurred.”
“Procedural rules should be treated with utmost respect and due regard since they are designed to facilitate the adjudication of cases to remedy the worsening problem of delay,” the Comelec decision states.
The division is composed of Commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Luie Tito Guia and Rowena Amelia Guanzon.
Villarica is the husband of Bulacan Fourth District Rep. Linabelle Villarica, who defeated former mayor Alarilla in the May 9elections. SFM
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