Edu Manzano to appeal Comelec disqualification order
MANILA, Philippines — The camp of actor and San Juan congressional candidate Edu Manzano said that they will file a motion for the reconsideration of his disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Manzano’s camp said they will be filing the motion for reconsideration either on Thursday or Friday.
The Comelec Second Division said Manzano’s certificate of candidacy (COC) was revoked for having committed “false material representation on his citizenship.”
“We’re appealing here not because we want to discuss the merits of the case,” Manzano’s lawyer and former Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said in a press conference.
“It is just that the disqualification ordered by the second division was much publicized, it has generated too much publicity that we want to make sure that the public would know that Edu Manzano is not yet disqualified,” Brillantes added.
Brillantes also added that the decision of the Comelec Second Division is not final.
“Since the election will be on Monday (May 13), there’s no way that the decision of the division rendered only on May 6, Monday, will never become final come election day,” Brillantes pointed out.
Brillantes said that once the motion for reconsideration is filed, he said the decision of the Comelec Second Division will be vacated, adding they will now await the decision of the Comelec En Banc that will come out “weeks or months after the elections.”
“We just want to have some sort of publicity to counter the negative publicity generated by the announcement that he (Manzano) has already been disqualified by a mere division which [it’s] decision is not final, non-executory and not yet imposable,” Brillantes said. /muf