SC ends legal tussle over Marinduque congressional race

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the door on the bid of Marinduque Representative Regina Reyes to be recognized as a qualified candidate in last May’s midterm polls.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the justices junked Reyes’ second motion for reconsideration, which is considered a prohibitive pleading.

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 chose to honor Reyes’ victory.

Reyes, a member of ruling Liberal Party, 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 or Senate Electoral Tribunal. (Sunnex)

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