• SC to rule on Lim’s poll case vs Erap

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    THE Supreme Court (SC) has given due course to a petition filed by former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim in connection with a disqualification petition he filed against incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

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    In a resolution dated April 22 that was released to the media only recently, the court en banc “resolved to give due course to the petition and petition-in-intervention[.]”
    Alicia Risos-Vidal, the legal counsel of Lim during canvassing in the May 2013 polls, is the petitioner in the case, while Lim is the intervenor since he will benefit from the case once Estrada is disqualified.

    The High Court has treated the comments as answers and required the parties to submit their memoranda within 30 days from notice.

    According to the court, the memorandum of each party shall contain a statement of the case, a statement of facts, a statement of the issues, arguments and reliefs.

    “No new issues may be raised by a party in the memorandum, and the issue raised in the pleadings but not included in the memorandum shall be deemed waived or abandoned. Being a summation of the parties’ previous pleadings, the court may consider the memorandum alone in deciding or resolving this case,” the resolution read.

    Vidal filed a disqualification against Estrada before the Commission on Elections (Comelec). It was seconded by Estrada’s defeated opponent Lim.

    She and Lim contested before the Supreme Court the Comelec ruling junking her disqualification case against Estrada, who as President had been convicted of plunder.

    Vidal argued that the Comelec ruling should be reversed by the High Court, saying the poll body committed grave abuse of discretion.

    The lawyer said Estrada’s conviction for plunder disqualified him from seeking another public office. Estrada’s presidency began in 1998 but was aborted in 2001 when a popular uprising ousted him from Malacañang.

    The pardon granted to him by then-President Gloria Arroyo did not restore his right to seek or hold public office, Vidal argued.

    The Manila Board of Canvassers proclaimed Estrada and his running mate, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, after the former president won the 2013 mayoralty race over the incumbent Lim by more than 30,000 votes.

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    1. Let me explain to all of us PINOY & PINAY. Itong nagyari noong tumakbo si Little Girl bilang president ng Pinas. Hindi ito nanalo. FPG ang talangang nanalo dito. Ipinatunayan na itong noong manalo si Grace Poe na siyang pinaka malaking boto
      bilang Senador sa atin. Tignan ninyo, ZERO si FPJ sa Mindanao na karamihan nga kapatid nating mga Muslim ang bumoto kay Grace Poe.Mahal ng mga Muslim si FPJ at kung may gusting nanira sa kanya sa Mindanao tiyak putol ang ulo nito. Sino ang lolokohin nila gayon.Iyong pag bibigay ni Gloria Arroyo ng pag papardon kay Bigoteng Erap ay NULL & VOID dahil hindi siya ang tunay na nanalol bilang Presidente ng Pinas. Mismong Supreme Court walng magagawa at kahit na pinaka batikang Abugado malalampaso lang ito. Hindi TANGA ang ating mga kababayan. THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE !!!!!!

    2. anghel sa lupa on

      ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES..walang mag resign sa position na halal ibinoto ng taong bayan upang maglingkod sa kapakanan ng mamamayan kundi upang magnakaw at maglustay sa sariling kapakanan upang yumaman. Sa ibang bansa tulad ng Japan at korea dahil sa kahihiyan ay kusang loob bumaba sa tungkulin kundi man ay magbigti sa dahilang hindi masikmura at tangapin ang kahihiyan na pinagkatiwala sa kanila ng taong naglpklok sa tungkulin. Ang batas para lamang sa mahihirap at walang kaalaman kung mayaman at may influensiya at dunong hindi ka nasasakop ng batas pangtao….ang gumagawa mismo ng batas ang gumagawa ng paraan upang hindi masaklao ng kaparusahan sa ginawa nilang batas at hindi mahatulan BANGON JUAN DELA CRUZ pagod, gutom at hirap ka na.

    3. since 2001 when i found out that my name was still voting in the philippines even though i am not in our home land since 1998 and didn’t register as a voter since i left to work abroad, confidence and trust to this law makers are gone, in short, pare-pareho lng din sila na kaya gusto kumandidato sa isang pwesto, nde para magsilbi sa kanilang mga constituents kundi para magpayaman gamit ang perang taong bayan. that is why we have slogan “ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES”.

    4. This issue are more specific if you have a criminal record and convicted you are automatically disqualified. But in the philippines even though you are in jail you can file your candidacy or coc.for this corrupt commissioner, government officials that appointed with out congressional and senatorial hearing passed before took the office. The commission are more political body of politics rather than independent body.the law maker is the one the law breaker that is philippines.

      • Sa pilipinas din matatagpuan ang mga taong hinde marunong umamin sa kanilang pagkatalo..the people decided and rule..they voted a person they know that is suitable and fit for the position and not by popularity only.. And we all know thatW Erap done his job at hindnya binigo ang taongbumoto um asa sa kanya.Bawi nalang sa sunod na eleksyon kapatid.