THE disqualification case filed against partymate Ruy Elias Lopez is but a trivial kink, said second district congressional candidate Joji Ilagan-Bian, who runs under the political party of House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

Lopez is being questioned for his residency in the third district. One complainant said Lopez has never lived in the third district, where he is running for congressman in the May polls.

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"Usual na itong ginagawang gimmick tuwing may election. This is nothing new and I don't believe it's an actual threat to him. Malakas naman ang Team Nograles," Bian said in an interview after Kapihan sa PIA.

"Pamumulitika lang ito. He has been the representative of the third district for three terms, in the Congress for nine years tapos ngayon lang. Their claim is very questionable. We're not bothered by it. This will not prosper," she added.

Former and incumbent officials in Barangay Baguio Proper, Baguio District filed testimonies for the petition to disqualify Lopez. The petition is now filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila.

In his certificate of candidacy (COC), Lopez indicated his residence to be "Purok Rose, Baguio, Davao City" but also entered his post office address for election purposes as "525 Kamuning St., Juna Subdivision, Matina Davao City."

The petitioner, Datu Fermin Enoch, a former barangay captain, said in a press conference Thursday that Lopez was not born, raised, or residing in the address he stated in his COC.

The complaint was filed with the joint affidavit of incumbent Barangay Bagio Proper, Barangay Vicente Cajes Councilors Joselito Cajes, Amy Alion, Rogelio Dumadan, Rolando Catalino Jr., Lucrecio Ascalera Jr., Bonito Florentino, Mary Jean Olmedo, and Sangguniang Kabataan chair Karell Jones Catalino.

They all said that Lopez was not born nor raised or attended school in their area.

In a separate affidavit, Senando Ringconada, purok leader of Purok Rose, Baguio Proper, stated the same. (JCZ)