AGOO, La Union: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) first and second divisions separately dismissed the disqualification cases against Mayor Sandra Eriguel of this town and her daughter, Stefanie Ann, for lack of jurisdiction.
Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, in denying the case ruled, “The Commission (first division) has no authority to resolve the issue on Eriguel’s status as a natural born citizen. The Commission resolved to dismiss the instant petition.”
The complaint, filed by Pedro Lovino and Ricardo Aromin, alleged that the mayor is not a natural-born Filipino, and hence they asked for the cancellation of her certificate of candidacy (COC).
Eriguel ran and won as representative of the province’s 2nd District during the May 9 elections. She is the wife of outgoing Rep. Franny Eriguel, and was elected mayor of Agoo for three terms in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Similarly, the Comelec also junked the petition against Stefanie Ann over her alleged non-resident status.
“The Commission has no other recourse but to dismiss the petition for prematurity and lack of jurisdiction,” reads part of the decision of the Comelec’s second division presided by Commissioner Al Parreño.
Stefanie Ann, a doctor like her parents, was elected mayor during the recently concluded elections.
The Comelec said that petitioner Reina Laroya failed to show proof that Stefanie Ann is not a resident of Agoo.