The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended the holding of recall elections, citing lack of funds.
The decision will affect the cases filed against Mayor Lucilo Bayron of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy Alvarado.
Bayron’s case has already been reviewed by the Office of the Deputy Executive Director and was submitted to the commission en banc through a memorandum dated March 24.
The Comelec found the recall petition against Bayron sufficient in form. The petitioners accused the mayor of “breach of trust.”
The recall petition against Alvarado was also found sufficient in form and substance.
The complaint against the governor was filed by Perlita Mendoza, provincial administrator of former Bulacan Gov. Joselito Mendoza, for graft.
The poll body said the recall elections cannot be carried out because it has to shoulder all expenses.
“Considering that the FSD [Finance Services Department] has raised an issue as to the funding of any and all recall elections, any proceeding in furtherance thereof, including the verification process, is hereby suspended until the funding issue shall have been resolved,” the Comelec said in its resolution.
The process of recall is laid down by Republic Act 7160, or an Act Providing for a Local Government Code of 1991. Under the law, a recall may be initiated by a preparatory recall assembly or by the voters in the constituency of the official who is the subject to such recall.
Once a valid resolution or petition for recall is filed, the Comelec sets the date for the process not be later than 30 days after the filing in the case of a barangay, city, or municipal officials, and 45 days in the case of provincial officials.