Disqualified Lipa City Mayor Sabili asked Supreme Court to stop Comelec resolution

By on Sep 6, 2010 in Local, Politics Comments

Disqualified Lipa City Mayor Meynardo A. Sabili asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the resolution of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday.

In an 11-page motion filed through his lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Sabili asked the SC to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Comelec.

Sabili argued that Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion when it ordered his disqualification.

He also wanted the High Court to nullify the August 17 resolution for allegedly having been issued in violation of his right to due process.

Sabili, insisted in his petition to SC that he is qualified to be the mayor of Lipa City “because not only does he possesses the required residence qualification, he is also very much aware of the needs and problems of the said place as the people of Lipa City themselves have reposed their trust in him by electing him as their mayor.”

He stressed that the poll body ordered his disqualification even after a certification issued by Dominador Honrade, chairman of Barangay Pinagtong-ulan, was presented, to prove that he has been a resident of Lipa City since 2007.

The Comelec resolution came in after the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) of Sabili was canceled due to alleged lack in residency requirements.

Last January, a petition was filed by a certain Florencio Librea to cancel Sabili’s CoC on the ground that he is not a resident of Barangay Pinagtong-ulan and a registered voter of Precinct 407.

According to Librea, Sabili lives in San Juan, Batangas and that he was not able to present one-year residency requirement in Lipa City as required by Section 39 of the Local Government Code.

Meynardo Sabili was proclaimed winner in the May 10, 2010 elections with 55,268 votes as against the 48,825 votes garnered by his rival, then incumbent Mayor Oscar Gozos.

He took his oath of office as mayor of Lipa City last June 30, 2010.

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