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Comelec to make final ruling on Panlilio-Pineda case next week

Posted on: February 19, 2010

Comelec to make final ruling on Panlilio-Pineda case next week

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 22:35:00 02/18/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2007, Politics, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is still awaiting beleaguered Governor Ed Panlilio’s appeal on the poll body’s ruling declaring his rival as the real winner in the 2007 gubernatorial election.

Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer, who chairs the Comelec Second Division, agreed Thursday to wait for Panlilio’s counsel Sixto Brillantes to submit by Monday their supplemental appeal against Lilia Pineda’s motion for Comelec to immediately implement its order for the priest to vacate his post.

Pineda’s counsel lawyer George Irwin Garcia said he filed a writ of execution with the Comelec Second Division last week, seeking the execution of the order even as he denied they were rushing to unseat Panlilio.

Garcia said that Pineda was actually against the filing of the motion for the writ of execution, an order which would direct the Department of Interior and Local Government to implement the order and install Pineda as the new Pampanga governor.

“As a lawyer, it is my response to seek that the decision be executed immediately. I filed the motion for writ of execution, despite Pineda being against it, so that the Comelec would effectively bring their decision that I believe is right and fair into effect,” said Garcia.

Brillantes filed an appeal to the ruling on Pineda’s electoral protest and to the motion that it be implemented immediately. He said there was misappreciation of 30,000 ballots cast for “Among” which he said were not counted as votes for Panlilio.

Garcia denied this, saying that the Omnibus Election Code was clear that if a candidate has two registered nicknames, both should be written.

Ferrer said the poll body would issue by Tuesday a decision on the appeals.

Panlilio won by a slim 1,147 votes over Pineda in the 2007 elections. Pineda later filed a protest stating that votes carrying her nickname “Nanay Baby” were “mis-appreciated” or misread during the counting.

In the recount of 4,683 ballot boxes made between August 12 and September 16 last year, Pineda got 190,729 votes while Panlilio only had 188,718, the Comelec said.


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