Comelec junks plea to stop recall elections in San Juan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2018 12:52 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Elections has dismissed San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez's motion for reconsideration against former city Vice Mayor Francis Zamora's petition for recall elections.

Zamora lost to Gomez in the last mayoral race by some 1,000 votes. He lodged an electoral protest, but withdrew it and replaced it with a petition for recall elections to speed up the process. 

In a decision dated April 17, Comelec junked Gomez's motion for reconsideration and maintained its earlier decision that Zamora's petition was sufficient in form and substance.

The poll body will verify the 30,000 signatures backing Zamora's petition starting April 25, Wednesday. 

The body will schedule the recall elections if at least half of the signatures are proven authentic. 

Gomez, meanwhile, had filed a separate petition asking the Supreme Court to stop the possible recall polls. 

Comelec, she claimed, had no quorum when it first deliberated on Zamora's petition. 

Report from Jeff Hernaez, ABS-CBN News