Comelec unseats Zamboanga councilor


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Councilor Charlie Mariano of this city’s first district stepped down from office after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) affirmed in finality his disqualification.

Lawyer Stephen Roy Cañete, first district election officer, on Tuesday served the Writ of Execution to Mariano during the City Council’s regular session.

It stated that the Comelec First Division disqualified Mariano on November 23, 2016, after four of his colleagues and four other losing candidates in the 2016 elections filed a disqualification case against him.

The petitioners cited that Mariano is disqualified from seeking and holding an elective position as he was found guilty by the Supreme Court for violation of Batas Pambansa Blg. 22 or the Bouncing Cheque Law prior to the 2016 elections.

Mariano has filed a motion for reconsideration on his disqualification case but the Commission En Banc on August 31, 2017 denied it, affirming the resolution of the First Division.

In his farewell speech, Mariano expressed gratitude to his colleagues and staff of the City Council and city residents who voted him into office.


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