Disqualified Ceneco bet seeks TRO on coop’s poll-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
A DISQUALIFIED candidate of the the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) asked the Regional Trial Court (RTC) to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) before the conduct of the cooperative’s district election which is set Saturday.
Rommel Jamelo asked the court that a TRO be issued to restrain the District Election Committee (Decom) from holding the scheduled election.
Through his counsel, Vicente Petierre III, Jamelo petitioned the court against Decom members -- Edwin Rio, Jesus Amado Dormedo, Elaine Jo Pudadera, and Joyce Martha Cuenca.
Petierre said his client, a consumer/member of Ceneco, filed his candidacy before the Decom last Sept. 9 which also serves as the screening committee.
Petierre said Jamelo received a letter dated September 14 informing him that he was disqualified to run for the position due to a failure in his requirement with the electric cooperative of at least five years as provided under Section 11 (g) of Republic Act (RA) 10531.
He also said that the candidacy of Cuenca was upheld by the same committee despite being the subject of a petition for disqualification filed last Sept. 16 which remained unacted upon by the committee.
Petierre explained that Cuenca is not a bona fide member of Ceneco as she filed her registration to be a member of the electric cooperative only last Sept. 5.
He also cited the fact that Cuenca never attended at least two Annual General Membership Assemblies immediately preceding the election or appointment.
He also added that her Ceneco account number, which she based her candidacy, does not indicate Cuenca is a member of good standing as Jamelo has proof that Cuenca still has unsettled accounts with the electric cooperative.
Jamelo in his petition for TRO stressed the filing of preliminary injunction is pursuant to sections 1, 3, 4, 9, and other pertinent sections of Rule 58 of the Rules of Court.
He pointed out that proceeding with the Ceneco elections would work grave injustice to him and other members of the electric cooperative, as they will be represented by somebody who is not qualified to be voted in office.
Jamelo also asked the court to issue a permanent Writ of Preliminary Injunction until such time a candidate for the position is qualified under the law.
Court hearing set today
Ben Solilapsi, spokesman of the Movement of Ceneco Consumers for Democratic Representations, said the hearing for the petition for the issuance of a TRO sought by the group for the Bacolod North is set Friday at Branch 48 of the RTC.
The group wants to stop the holding of the election in Bacolod North for alleged questionable process by the screening committee of Ceneco.
They question the disqualification of Jamelo, who filed his candidacy for director for Bacolod North. His disqualification was due to his alleged failure to meet the membership requirement.
The group insists that Jamelo is a resident and a bona fide member-consumer of Sto. Nino, Barangay 2 under Ceneco Bacolod North.
The group is also questioning the qualification of Joyce Martha Cuenca, wife of director Luis Cuenca.
They alleged that Luis was allegedly made to resign to give way to the filing of candidacy of his wife whose candidacy is questionable and not in consonance to National Electrification Administration (NEA) Memorandum No. 2005-12, NEA Memorandum No. 2009, and the implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10531.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 20, 2013.