SC upholds disqualification of Marinduque representative-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
(Updated) THE Supreme Court on Tuesday stood pat in its decision disqualifying Marinduque Representative Regina Reyes as candidate in last May's midterm elections.
SC spokesperson Theodore Te said five justices voted for the junking of Reyes' motion for reconsideration to the court's June ruling while four dissented. She went to the SC after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) stripped her of victory for being an American citizen.
Five magistrates inhibited from the case including Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, whose son Lord Allan Jay, benefited from the ruling as he was the only remaining candidate qualified for the post.
Velasco took his oath of office last July but the House of Representatives did not honor it.
Reyes had said the SC apparently changed jurisprudence for unseating her even after she was proclaimed.
Under the Constitution, all cases relating to the qualification of a member of Congress shall be resolved either by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) or Senate Electoral Tribunal.
In an ambush interview Tuesday, Reyes maintained that it is the HRET which has the sole jurisdiction over the matter.
"I will defend my case before the HRET...It's clear by law that it's already in the jurisdiction of the HRET," the neophyte lawmaker said. (With a report from Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)