Poll body finds recall petition vs Cebu mayor sufficient

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

CEBU CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has certified that the petition to recall Danao City Mayor Ramon "Boy" Durano Jr. is sufficient.

It cited findings of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations (ODEDO) that the required percentage of signatories was obtained and the petition complied with Comelec Resolution 7505.

This paves the way for a showdown between the mayor and his brother, Vice Mayor Ramon Durano III.


In a press conference Wednesday, Vice Mayor Durano and the 10 city councilors who acted as recall petitioners expressed confidence the special election for mayor will be held by October or November this year.

The vice mayor said Comelec's next move is to verify that more than 28,000 signatures in the recall petition were from genuine registered voters.

The ODEDO informed the Comelec en banc that all requirements for the recall petition were complied with.

After the signatures are verified, the results will be posted and published in a newspaper at least once a week for three consecutive weeks.

"I thank Chairman (Sixto) Brillantes and all the Comelec commissioners who approved the resolution," the vice mayor said. "We can hold the recall election soon. The 2013 election is too far away and the people of Danao City will further suffer if we will allow him (Mayor Durano) to stay," he added.

Last July 4, the petition for recall was filed by the vice mayor and City Councilors John Cane, Cynthia Arnado Duterte, Miguel Antonio Magpale, Alejandro Lawas, Marilou Camaongay-Flores, Jose Thaddeus Roble, Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca, Roland Reyes, Jovelena Manulat-Enriquez and Ramonette Durano-Mahinay.

Consistent with Section 12 of Comelec Resolution 7505, Danao City Election Officer Dominic Marigomen proceeded to determine whether or not the required percentage of signatories has been obtained.

Marigomen submitted the petition for recall to the ODEDO last July 13.

He informed ODEDO that the total voting population of Danao City, based on the National Statistics Office’s certification, is 63,670, meaning at least 12,734 signatures were required.

The vice mayor's camp submitted 28,902 signatures.

Mayor Durano and his counsel, lawyer Gloria Lastimosa Dalawampu, could not be reached for comment at press time.

But in an earlier interview, Atty. Dalawampu said there was a possibility that Mayor Durano's counter-petition for recall against the vice mayor and nine councilors will be consolidated, so that only one special election will be held.

Dalawampu had said that Mayor Durano remained confident of winning any recall election because he is supported by another brother, City Administrator Don Durano, who is a strong political leader in Danao City. Don had served as mayor from 1988 to 2001.

The vice mayor's recall petition was docketed as PR Case No. 11-004, according to a resolution signed by Chairman Brillantes and Comelec Commissioners Rene Sarmiento, Armando Velasco, Christian Robert Lim, Lucenito Tagle, Elias Yusoph and Augusto Lagman. (EOB of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 11, 2011.

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