• Quezon lawmaker barred from taking post

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    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has barred Rep. Angelina Tan of Quezon from assuming her post as representative of the province by canceling her proclamation issued by the provincial board of canvassers.

    The Comelec’s Second Division resolution was made public on Saturday, one day before the 16th Congress members start their tenure.

    Tan’s questionable proclamation was raised by Wigberto Tañada Jr., and was told that she can appeal the decision of the Second Division to the full Comelec.

    “Wherefore, premises considered, the instant petition is hereby granted. The proclamation of Angelina D. Tan as member of the House of Representatives for the fourth district of the province of Quezon is hereby annulled,” says a part of the resolution quoted by Tañada in a statement.

    The provincial board of canvassers was directed by the Comelec to reconvene for the following reasons: (1) credit the 7,038 votes of Alvin John S. Tañada Jr. to Wigberto R. Tañada Jr.; (2) then re-compute the votes cast for Wigberto R. Tañada Jr.; and (3) thereafter, proclaim the rightful winner.”

    Alvin Tañada, the son of former senator Wigberto Tañada and brother of outgoing Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, was disqualified by the poll body to run for office for lacking the required time of residency in the fourth district province before the elections last May 13. Since the ballots for the area were printed before his disqualification, his name was retained in the ballots.

    Referring to the ballot count of Tañada’s camp, he would win over Tan when the 7,038 votes credited to Tañada are in his favor.

    Commissioners Elias Yusoph and Grace Padaca, and new appointee, Luie Gia who inhibited from the case, are all from the Second Division.

    Wigberto Tañada Jr. filed an electoral protest against Tan with the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.

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