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MARIANO DOWN BUT NOT OUT YET

OUSTED district 1 Councilor Charlie Mariano still vowed to exhaust all other legal means to make sure of his possible return to his seat in the city council.

Last Tuesday, during their council regular session, Mariano accepted the ruling of the Comelecen-banc, disqualifying him from winning in the last May 2016 local elections, as the Comelecen-bancconfirmed its Comelec ruling earlier and that was to unseat the veteran city councilor.

THEComelec’s final ruling sitting en-banc, came more than a year after eight(8)LP candidates for councilor filed an electoral protest with the Comelec office prior to the conduct of last year’s presidential/local elections held the month of May, against the candidacy of Mariano for his being an accused person and even convicted later by the High Tribunal for a crime against the anti-bouncing check law.

That spelled his doom as moral turpitude is a serious ground to disqualify any candidate vying for public office in any electoral exercise.

MARIANO, when interviewed by the press, said the game he’s in now, isn’t yet over. That means, Mariano believes he’s still hoping for a shot to score a final verdict victory he’s desperately grappling in his last- ditch effort to ultimately bring this to the Supreme Court—for the second time, though, they differ by the nature of their cases.

The first was all about his rapsfor alleged violation of the anti-bouncing check law, and now, his second, is all about his revoked win in the last local elections for being unqualified to run for public office for reason/s cited above.

MARIANO garnered a total of 60,246 votes and landed no. 4 in the (8-seat) council race for district 1 in the May 9,2016 presidential/local polls.

Let’ssee what happens next in the council relative to the Mariano case.

RED TEAM TO NOMINATE REPLACEMENT

And, this will pave the way for the Red team under Dist. 1 Cong. Celso Lobregat, to find a better replacement to fill up Mariano’s vacated seat in the council. Under Comelec rules, it was gathered, the party of its disqualified bet whose win in the election has been declared null and void later by its Comelecen-banc for supposed violation of its election code,can exercise its vested right to select in its own list of nominees to take the place of Mariano to complete its setup in the august body. But, any appointment for Mariano’s possible replacement as rightly recommended by its party, should be first duly approved and signed by the President of the land, as mandated by law, with regards to such type of an electoral issue.

WILL IT BE LIT-LIT MACROHON, JIMMY CABATO, ETC.?

IF that’s the most likely looming scenario, then it’ll either be Lit-Lit Macrohon, the barangay captain of San Roque who, in the last May elections, landed number 9in the council slate for district 1, or any other party-member of its choice whom they feel can ably protect its camp’s interest in the council.

Ansina gat se ay pasalli.

And, if that happens, an inside source from its team colorao said former dist. 1 Councilor Jimmy Cabato has a tremendous edge over the rest.

“The ex-councilor from Brgy.Baliwasan, Jimmy Cabato, is the heavy favorite to fill up Mariano’s vacant seat in the council. Hecan still very well serve in the council as expected, not only for the interest of the party, but more for the welfare and interest of his constituents that he represents. He and his councilor-son Boday Cabato can form an interesting tandem in the council,” the source who spoke on condition of anonymity, bared.

BUT, the Lit-Lit Macrohon camp claimed too their side is more than qualified to be Mariano’s replacement in the council following his disqualification.

“KapLit-Lit Macrohon is the rightful claimant because he’s next in line incase the embattled Councilor Mariano is finally disqualified.” They always said so as the Mariano case went into gear amid talksearlier he’d surely make his final exit in the days to come.

ONE FOR THE BOOK IN THE COUNCIL

AS I said, this is one for the book in the council. Will there be others to follow suit after the Mariano debacle case in the Comelec?

According to my grapevine, one more(at a time), is in a precarious situation, too, right now.

Then, there’ll be more coming, according to the same source. Acaba ya kta ste!

Indeed, there’ll be many firsts that this present setup of our city legislative council can probably establish.

Let’s find out and see what’ll happen as the long road to the next political showdown is still being felt.

But, 2019 is not that far-fetched. In a wink of an eye, it’ll be an election show-time, at its feverish, once again.

Better watch out, folks! (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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