Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan probed on election anomaly

Baguio City mayor probed on election anomaly

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Baguio City mayor probed on election anomaly

Friday, January 12, 2018

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is facing a probe by the Commission on Elections over allegations of violating the election code.

The case alleges violations of Section 26 of the election code for the “use of public funds, money, money deposited in trust, equipment, facilities, facilities owned or controlled by the government for an election campaign.”

Domogan submitted his reply on December 22, 2017 as directed by Comelec Investigating Officer Romeo Aguilar Jr., who gave the chief executive 10 days to reply to the probe.

The Comelec is looking into the use of public properties of Timpuyog ti Baguio, political party of the mayor, as its headquarters during the campaign period for the May 2013 mid-term elections.

Domogan, in his affidavit stated “Timpuyog Ti Baguio is a local group affiliated with UNA during the May 13, 2013 elections. It fielded candidates for congressman, mayor, vice-mayor, and councilors who agreed to share in the burden of maintaining the campaign. Incidentally, the amount P80,000 rent for the use of the clubhouse of Baguio Pines City Lions Club was assigned and actually shouldered by Atty. George Dumawing Jr., UNA-Baguio Chapter candidate for councilor. Having settled the expense from his own pocket, it is proper that he be the one to report it in his SOCE, which he did. It was for this reason that Atty. Carlos Canilao did not include it in this SOCE report for UNA Baguio Chapter. The SOCE report of Atty. Dumawing Jr. which he filed through registered mail must be on file with this Honorable Commission.”

“The issue on the P80,000 rental paid to the Baguio Pines City Lions Club was already explained and the supporting documents were submitted as part of the record in SPA No. 13-299 (DC). However, for ready reference of the Honorable Investigator, photocopies of the SOCE, Schedule of Expenditure and Summary Report of Expenditures, all for May 13, 2013 elections, filed with the Commission by Atty. George M. Dumawing Jr,” Domogan continued.

Earlier, the Comelec en banc dismissed the petition for disqualification filed by former councilor Jose Molintas, who ran against Domogan for lack of merit, but now continued the probe under the law department in coordination with the Campaign Finance Unit of the Comelec to determine whether there is a violation of Omnibus Election Code and other relevant laws, rules, and regulations.

Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on January 12, 2018.

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