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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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‘Signatures forged
in election protest’
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

Registered voters of EB Magalona town cried foul over the forging of their signatures included in the list of affiants in the filing of an election protest against Mayor Marvin Malacon, who was proclaimed the winning town mayor by the Commission on Election, in connection with the May 13 elections.

In a sworn affidavit subscribed to before lawyer Dennis Salem on June 10 in EB Magalona, the 19 complainants said that their names were included as affiants in the electoral protest and the signatures that appeared on top of their names were forged.

To show proof of their allegations, the complainants submitted their respective identification cards with their signatures. They also stressed that they have not accomplished any affidavits, affixed their signatures or appeared before the Notary Public, in relation to the electoral protest.

Other complainants claimed in their sworn affidavits that they were tricked or misled to sign on a blank piece of paper, as they were promised they will receive packs of rice.

They also said that they were not informed that their signatures will be included in affidavits, to be used in the electoral protest.

Negros Occidental Board Member David Albert Lacson filed an election protest, in connection with the proclamation of Malacon as the winning mayor of EB Magalona.

Lacson and his running mates cited defective Secure Digital (SD) cards among the reasons for their protests.

Malacon and his EB Magalona team won 10-0 against the slate led by Lacson in the May 13 polls. He won a second term for mayor of EB Magalona with 20,093 votes, while Lacson garnered 10,270 votes.

The electoral protest is now pending before a Regional Trial Court in Silay City.

Lacson, in his election protest, said that alleged irregularities and anomalies are sufficient grounds to warrant the revision of the ballots and re-examination of all relevant election paraphernalia and equipment in order to ascertain the true will of the people as expressed in their ballots.

He called on the court to issue a precautionary protection order to the municipal treasurer and municipal election officer to take the necessary measures to safeguard the ballot boxes and all other election paraphernalia, by bringing them to the court and to order the revision of ballots and re-examination of election equipment and paraphernalia, annul the proclamation of Malacon as mayor of EB Magalona, and for the court to declare the protestant as the winning town mayoralty candidate.*

 

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