'Comelec running out of time to resolve pending cases before election day'


Posted at May 07 2019 11:25 PM

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MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc might not have enough time to resolve the pending disqualification cases involving candidates before May 13, election day, a former poll body commissioner said.

Lawyer Gregorio Larrazabal said only a division of the Comelec has released decisions on the disqualification cases against veteran actor Edu Manzano and former Foreign Affairs chief Alan Peter Cayetano.

"Most of the cases that you read about now, most of the resolutions are still (in the) division (level). In previous elections, at this point, you already have decision at the en banc level na. I doubt if they can finish it in four days," Larrazabal told ANC's Beyond Politics.

He added that the respective rulings can still be reconsidered at the en banc level.

The Comelec 2nd division disqualified Manzano from seeking the congressional seat in the city of San Juan due to citizenship issues.

The same division junked a petition challenging Cayetano's house bid in Taguig amid questions on his residency.

It ruled that Cayetano did not lose his domicile in Taguig City's first district when he and his wife moved their “conjugal dwelling” to the second district.

Petitioner Leonides Buac Jr. earlier questioned the legality — and propriety — of the Cayetanos’ simultaneous congressional run in one of the wealthiest cities in the Philippines.

Cayetano’s wife, incumbent Mayor Lani Cayetano, is facing a similar petition over her candidacy in Taguig’s other district.