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Comelec releases ChaCha signature withdrawal forms

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Commission on Elections yesterday released withdrawal forms for individuals who want to take back their signatures for the People’s Initiative (PI) petition for Charter Change.

In a statement, Comelec said that there are individuals who have manifested their intention to withdraw signatures in the PI campaign, citing the pronouncements of Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, during the Senate Committee hearing on Electoral Reforms.

“For purposes of recording such manifestations, the Commission hereby releases the Withdrawal Form of Signature in Signature Sheets/Petition for People’s Initiative,” the Comelec statement read.

Comelec also clarified that its acceptance of withdrawal forms is for recording purposes only, and shall not be construed as formal action by the Commission in the signature sheets/petition for PI.

The withdrawal forms are available in all Comelec offices all over the country, where the accomplished forms should likewise be submitted or returned.

Comelec, however, said that its issued Resolution No. 10650 on January 29, which suspends all proceedings related to the people’s initiative to amend the 1987 Constitution, remains in effect.

Comelec in Negros Occidental has received PI signatures sheets with 248,398 signatures, Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Ian Lee Ananoria disclosed earlier.

A campaign to withdraw signatures from the PI was also launched last month by Bacolod- based lawyer Cesar Beloria, who claimed that they were able to establish irregularity in the gathering of signatures to support Charter Change.*

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