Friday, May 17, 2013

That shotgun proclamation!

DepEd Superintendent Magdalena Lim reads the shotgun proclamation with three towns of Marinduque yet to transmit their COCs representing 40% of the votes. The helpless process server who was ordered to personally serve the Comelec en banc resolution stands on the side. That was the resolution affirming the cancellation of the COC/disqualification of Regina O. Reyes.

As of 7:00 pm May 15 when the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC) convened after a two-hour recess the election results in the municipalities of Mogpog, Sta. Cruz and Boac have been transmitted to the PBC. The certificates of canvass from the other three municipalities of Buenavista, Gasan and Torrijos that represents 40% of the votes have, however, not been transmitted to the PBC. This is so because of hardware malfunction in certain precincts in said municipalities. 

Upon convening, the process server from Comelec head office approached the Chairman of the PBC, Atty. Edwin R. Villa to personally serve the Comelec en banc Resolution as instructed to him by Comelec head office. This is when, even after identifying himself as a process server the supervisor completely ignored his presence and the chase followed.

The first part of the dispositive portion of the shotgun proclamation of Regina Ongsiako Reyes as congressman for the Lone District of Marinduque, Carmencita O. Reys as Governor and Romulo A. Bacorro as Vice-Governor reads as follows:

"WHEREFORE, the MBOC's of Gasan, Buenavista and Torrijos in the province f Marinduque are hereby allowed to avail themselves of the provisions provided for in COMELEC Resolution No. 9700 promulgated on May 14, 2013 re: In the matter of the lowering of threshold of the canvassing and consolidation system in connection with the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections, and thereafter transmit the COC's for the position of Governor, Vice-Governor and Congressman to the Provincial Board of Canvassers;

"CONSEQUENTLY, herein candidates, CARMENCITA O. REYES, ROMULO A. BACORRO and REGINA ONGSIAKO REYES are hereby PROCLAIMED winners in their respective positions aspired, which are Governor, Vice-Governor of the province and Congressman for the lone district of Marinduque respectively.


"This Order is final and executory.
"Motions for reconsideration shall not be entertained.


The said order was signed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers, namely Atty. Edwin R. Villa, Chairman, Pros. Bimbo A. Mercado, Vice-Chairman and Mrs. Magdalena M. Lim, Secretary (she's DepEd Division Superintendent in Marinduque).

Since yesterday however even sources from the Comelec provincial office are denying that there was such a proclamation that transpired, never mind the cheers and jubilation of the supporters of the proclaimed candidates as soon as they heard the DepEd Division Superintendent Magdalena Lim reading that proclamation.

"Consequently, herein candidates, CARMENCITA O. REYES, ROMULO A. BACORRO and REGINA ONGSIAKO REYES are hereby PROCLAIMED winners...", stated the order.

The Order was clearly signed by the three members of the Provincial Board of Canvassers and as confirmed by its Secretary after reading the Order, contrary to claims otherwise that's being circulated.