Surigao council bet faces disqualification

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Nov) – A former city prosecutor in this city has filed a disqualification complaint against a candidate for councilor here.

Lawyer Clarito P. Servillas, a former city prosecutor and four others from the Coalition of Surigaonons Good Governance-Transparency and Accountability (COSUGGTA) have petitioned the Commission on Elections to disqualify Simeon Vicente G. Castrence, an incumbent Provincial Board member of District 1, for alleged misrepresenting he is a resident of Surigao City in his certificate of candidacy (COC).

MindaNews obtained a copy of the complaint filed November 9 before the legal department of the Comelec in Manila.

“Respondent declared that he is a resident of Surigao City for a specified period of time despite clear and unmistakable fact that he is a resident of General Luna, one of the municipalities of Surigao del Norte and despite non-compliance regarding the period of his stay as a legal resident of Surigao City,” the seven-page complaint said.

The complaint alleged that on October 17, 2015, two days after the filing of his COC,

Castrence filed for transfer/ transfer with activation of his voter’s registration from General Luna to Surigao City.

Castrence said he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

Aside from Servillas, complainants include Fernando A. Almeda Jr., Lito Argente, Armando Elumba and Isidro C. Carbonilla. (Roel Catoto / MindaNews)