THE Supreme Court was asked to hasten the resolution of a petition a lawyer filed against local Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials, in relation to the extended voters’ registration.
Lawyer Rameses Villagonzalo said he was still interested in the outcome of his complaint against Ray Rene Buac, Comelec 7 director, and Edwin Cadungog, Cebu City south district election officer.
The extension ended last Jan. 9.
Villagonzalo said his “civil liberties, constitutional and political rights are at stake” after the poll executives refused to reactivate his status as a voter.
He reiterated his request to cite Buac and Cadungog in contempt for their refusal.
The lawyer has said he also wants the Supreme Court to declare Resolution 8719 as null and void.
In his petition, Villagonzalo said he went to the Comelec-South District Office in Cebu City in December last year to reactivate his status as a voter.
He was not able to vote in the 2007 national and barangay elections due to “legal engagement for election candidates.”
When he tried to reactivate his status, a Comelec employee announced that only “first-time voters” would be entertained.
Buac informed Villagonzalo there is basis to prohibit him from reactivating his status, citing a Comelec resolution issued last Dec. 15 that extended the registration of voters until Jan. 9.
It said that only new voters would be entertained.
But Villagonzalo said the Comelec resolution is “illegal and disenfranchises” Filipino voters of their right to reactivate their status as eligible voters.
Article 8 of the Civil Code, Villagonzalo said, provides that “judicial decisions applying or interpreting the laws or the Constitution shall form a part of the legal system of the Philippines.”