Mayoralty candidate asks for Comelec help

BAGUIO. Baguio City mayoral bet Edgar Avila distributes wristbands during his sortie at the Baguio City Public Market. (Contributed photo)

BAGUIO City Councilor Edgar Avila is asking for the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) help in spreading the word that his candidacy is valid.

Avila admitted the Comelec has muddled his chances for the mayoralty race but remains hopeful.

"At least recovering, even to this day though, some in the remote areas still ask," said Avila.

In a letter to Maria Juana Valeza of the Comelec-Cordillera, the mayoralty candidate asked for assistance in disseminating information on the status quo ante order of the Supreme Court that quashed a Comelec ruling deeming him out of the May elections.

Avila wrote on April 17: “As you know, when the Comelec en banc Minute Resolution 19-0286, which considered my certificate of candidacy as deemed not filed, was issued, a cloud of doubt was created as to my qualification to run for mayor of the City of Baguio. This cloud of doubt has been disseminated publicly in different mediums of publication, broadcast and television and as an unfortunate effect the electorates of the City of Baguio indeed perceived that I was disqualified to run for mayor.”

Avila asked Comelec to help in disseminating the validity of his candidacy through announcements issued to media outlets and be given the free Comelec time on radio and television to make clarifications.

When the Comelec released its order deeming the Avila candidacy not filed, the Supreme Court after a week ruled it valid, but Avila said the damage has been done and it has confused voters.

"As such, it is just but rightful and just that I be given assistance by your officer on print, radio and television to announce this Status Quo Ante Order dated 11 April 2019 issued by the Supreme Court," he said.

Avila is also reviewing possible legal action against Comelec.


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