The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has advised petitioners for recall elections to seek for legal remedies at the Supreme Court (SC).
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the poll body will no longer accept motions for reconsideration because the en banc decision to suspend recall elections was final.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez also said petitioners can question the decision of the poll body only at the SC, citing that its decision was“like a policy statement.”
On Thursday, a petitioner filed a motion before the Comelec to withdraw Resolution 9882, which affirmed the suspension of all recall petitions owing to budget constraints.
Perlita Mendoza, the petitioner, questioned the Comelec’s claim that lack of funds was preventing it from addressing recall petitions.
Mendoza, who served as Bulacan provincial administrator from 2007 to 2009 under the administration of former governor and now third district Rep. Joselito Mendoza, filed a 54-page recall petition against Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado after 319,777 signatories said they have lost confidence in the incumbent governor.
In its May 27 resolution, the Comelec suspended all proceedings relative to recall elections including all petitions that are pending or to be pursued by interested parties.
Meanwhile, Senator Koko Pimentel urged the Comelec to use its P5-billion savings to fund recall elections.
Pimentel said the Comelec chairman had the power to re-align items in the poll body’s budget.
However, Jimenez pointed out that the Comelec had no “authority to move money around.”
“There are limitations to the power of the chairman to augment deficiencies in the budget. It is limited to specific items and does not include recall elections,” he said, citing special provisions for the Comission in Section 2 of the General Appropriations Act.