Former jukebox queen Imelda Papin failed in her bid for a legislative seat but she still has some explaining to do.
The Supreme Court (SC) ordered her to comment on a petition filed against her by a group questioning her bid for public office.
In a full court resolution signed by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the high court required Papin and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to “comment within 10 days from notice” on the petition for certiorari and prohibition (with urgent prayer for issuance of a temporary restraining order) filed by Arangkada San Joseño Political Party, represented by its Secretary General, Zosimo Lorenzo.
Comelec had allowed Papin to run in the lone congressional district of San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan as it granted the motion for reconsideration filed by lawyer Romulo Macalintal.
The poll body ruled that Papin had no deliberate attempt to misrepresent her residence in her Certificate of Candidacy simply because she believed that she has transferred to San Jose del Monte City and was be eligible to seek the city’s congress representative in the May 13 elections.
The case stemmed from the petition filed by Lorenzo’s group arguing that Papin is no longer a resident of San Jose del Monte as she now lives in Quezon City.
As such, Lorenzo argued that Papin was ineligible to run for a San Jose del Monte City post.
But Papin’s jukebox charm may have failed to work among the electorate—Liberal Party’s Arthur Robes won over her.