Court grants TRO vs Ceneco polls-A A +A
Saturday, September 21, 2013
REGIONAL Trial Court Branch 48 Judge Rosario Ester Orda-Caise granted on Friday a 20-day Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to disqualified Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) candidate Rommel Jamelo, stopping the Ceneco from holding the election in Bacolod North Saturday.
Jamelo was disqualified by the district election committee and screening and selection committee from running due to his apparent failure to comply with the requisites of running for board of director in Bacolod North.
Sonny Petierre, lawyer of Jamelo, said that with this TRO, there will be no election in Bacolod North.
But the election in Bago City and Silay City will push through, he said.
Jamelo filed his petition as he questioned why his supposed opponent Joy Martha Cuenca, wife of Ceneco board director Luis Cuenca, was qualified when she is not even a member-consumer.
Petierre said that for one to qualify to run for the post, he or she must be a consumer and a member of good standing five years preceding the conduct of the election.
Ben Solilapsi, spokesperson of the Movement for Ceneco Consumers
Democratic, said that the TRO is a welcome development to the consumer members in Bacolod North.
"With that, we will be given an ample time to scrutinize and ensure that who will represent us is really qualified and deserves our mandate. On the part of the screening Committee, if they will insist in qualifying Cuenca, we will have no other recourse but to file the necessary charges against them whether it will be civil or administrative.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 21, 2013.