Petition to quash Jalosjos' disqualification junked

By Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Aug 22 2012 10:08 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2012 06:11 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Zamboanga City has junked the motion to quash the disqualification for voter registration of former Zamboanga del Norte Congressman and convicted rapist Romeo Jalosjos.

The Election Regulatory Board (ERB) decided to reject the motion of Jalojos' camp not to accept the complaint filed against him.

Complainant Adelante Zamboanga Movement (AZM) chairman and District 2 Congressional aspirant Jomar Lobregat, the younger brother of Zamboanga City incumbent Mayor Celso Lobregat, was elated over the ERB's decision.

But one of the lead legal counsels of Jalosjos, Atty. Giovanni Luistro, said they are disgusted with the ERB's decision.

Luistro said it did not take 30 minutes for the ERB to decide on their arguments.

Jalosjos' counsel also included in their dismissed petition to disqualify Zamboanga City District 1 Rep. Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar's legal counsel Atty. Jesus Carbon, who is now a retired RTC judge.

Lawyers of Jalosjos said Carbon was part of Jalosjos' conviction in the 90's.

The decision means that Comelec will entertain and decide upon the petition to disqualify Jalosjos as a registered voter, following his commutation 2 years ago.

Jalosjos has long been making his presence felt in Zamboanga City by organizing Zamboangueño for the Transformation of Zamboanga (ZTZ) and announcing his aspiration for politics in Asia's Latin City.

ERB chairman and District 2 election officer Joseph Tria said they have reset another hearing on August 3 to finally decide upon the complaint against the petition to register as a voter by Romeo Jalosjos.

Meanwhile, during the proceedings, at least 500 supporters of ZTZ and AZM converged at the Comelec office in Don Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex.

They said they voluntarily went to the area to support their leaders and spent their own money on the activity.

Police and city hall employees were also deployed to secure the area.