Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes has challenged Palawan Rep. Douglas Hagedorn to file an impeachment complaint against him and all commissioners of the poll body for their alleged failure to hear the recall petition the solon filed against incumbent Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron.
Brillantes said he was not afraid of Hagedorn’s threat to impeach them, as no Comelec official has been impeached.
He noted that only former chief justice Renato Corona was the first government official who was impeached under the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Corona was convicted by an impeachment court for not declaring his peso and dollar deposits in his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).
Brillantes pointed out that should Hagedorn file an impeachment case against them, the more that the petition for recall against Bayron would not be heard, saying that the Comelec will then focus on the impeachment.
In March this year, the petitioners led by Muslim leader Al Babao and political lobbyist Joel Mirasol, who were known supporters of former Mayor Edward Hagedorn, filed a petition seeking to recall Bayron.
The petition for recall was based on alleged breach of trust, declining tourism activities and deteriorating peace and order in Palawan.
Meanwhile, the poll body chief explained that they still could not hear the recall petition filed by Hagedorn as they lacked the necessary funding.
On the other hand, Hagedorn, who represents the 3rd district of Palawan, said the Comelec officials will face impeachment if the petition against Bayron is totally junked.
The Comelec insisted that the “recall” will remain suspended unless the issue on funding for the agency’s finance services department is resolved.