THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed the electoral protest filed against Pasig Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” Sotto by former mayor Robert Eusebio for insufficiency in form and substance.
In a nine-page decision, the Comelec Second Division headed by Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said Eusebio’s petition “failed to reflect a detailed specification of the acts or omissions showing the electoral frauds, anomalies or irregularities in the protested precincts.”
It pointed out that Eusebio’s failure to provide details was not in compliance with the requirements specified under Section 7(g), Rule 6 of the Comelec Resolution 8804 or the “Comelec Rules of Procedure.”
It said a bare allegation of “massive fraud, widespread intimidation and terrorism, and other serious irregularities” was not acceptable.
“We cannot allow an election protest based on such flimsy averments to prosper, otherwise, the whole election process will deteriorate into an endless stream of crabs pulling at each other, raising to disembark from the water,” the poll body said.
“Protestant must convince the Commission [Second Division] that the grounds stated in the election protest call for the recount of ballots,” it added.
The decision was unanimously approved by all three members of the Second Division. It was promulgated on August 30.
The election protest was filed by Eusebio in June.
The 29-year-old Sotto defeated Eusebio, whose family had ruled Pasig for 27 years, by an overwhelming lead of more than 80,000 votes.
In his petition, Eusebio claimed his votes in 29 clustered precincts were missing.