DQ vs Boking junked

MABALACAT CITY -- The Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila has dismissed the disqualification case against the candidacy of Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales in the last elections.

Morales of the Aksyon Demokratiko political party won in the last mayoral polls beating complainant Noelito Castro over a wide margin.

Morales garnered 40,174 votes while Castro who landed at the third slot bagged 10,788 votes.

Morales's closest contender in the mayoralty race, former Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, got 17,710 votes.

Castro filed the disqualification case on October 20, 2015 before the Office of the City Election Officer here.

In his petition, Castro sought to disqualify Morales in the May 11, 2016 mayoralty race claiming that Morales "violated the three-term limit rule."

"Petitioner Castro seeks the cancellation of Morales' COC on the ground that he has been elected to and has served as Mayor of Mabalacat for three consecutive terms," the Comelec Second Division stated.

"To be sure, other than his bare allegations, no evidence was submitted to prove the same. The basic rule is that he who alleges must prove his case. Petitioner Castro failed on this score."

Presiding Commissioner Al Parreno approved the dismissal of Castro's petition against Morales.

Morales was first elected as mayor back in 1995 during the Mount Pinatubo eruptions.

Under Morales' stewardship, Mabalacat was converted into a component city in 2012.

Under Morales' administration, the Mabalacat City College and the Mabalacat Community High School were established.
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