Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SC: Decision unseating Regina O. Reyes final

Posted by ABS-CBN News at 01/26/16 10:17 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court's (SC) decision unseating Marinduque Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes as congressional representative is now final and executory.

This, after the high court, in its en banc session on Tuesday, dismissed the motion of the House of Representatives, through Speaker Sonny Belmonte, to reconsider its decision removing Reyes from Congress and ordering that Lord Allan Jay Velasco be administered his oath as representative of the lone district of Marinduque.



The SC earlier ordered Belmonte to administer Velasco's oath and register him in the Roll of Members of the House of Representatives.

The SC granted Velasco's petition for mandamus, which sought to compel the House of Representatives to comply with the high court's final ruling upholding the disqualification of Reyes on grounds that she is an American citizen.

Cong. Lord Allan Q. Velasco

Velasco, son of SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr., who inhibited from his son's case, was eventually proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). However, the House of Representatives refused to honor Velasco's proclamation.

Reyes is a member of the Liberal Party (LP).

CANCELLATION OF COCs

Meanwhile, the high court affirmed the decision of the Comelec to cancel the certificates of candidacy (COCs) of the following, saying the poll body did not commit grave abuse of discretion:

Camilo Sabio, who filed COC for president;
Vetallano Acosta, who filed COC for president; and Gion Villamore Gounet, who filed COC for senator.

File photo of Cong. Velasco when he was proclaimed winner of the
congressional seat in the lone district of Marinduque by Comelec in July 2013


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