Angeles village chief denies withdrawing in October polls

ANGELES CITY -- An incumbent village chairman here has denied reports that he withdrew his candidacy in the barangay elections on October 28.

Rodelio "Tony" Mamac, barangay chairman of Balibago, said he never filed an Affidavit of Cancellation of the Certificate of Candidacy before any office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The issue stemmed from a petition dated December 3, 2013 reportedly filed by former councilor, Joseph Alfie Bonifacio, asking the Comelec to disqualify Mamac in the recent polls.

Bonifacio also asked the election body to declare him as the duly-elected chairman in said village.

Mamac said several entries in Bonifacio’s petition -- respondents middle name is H and not T, respondents date of candidacy filing is October 11 and not October 19 and others -- are erroneous.

Aside from these, Mamac claimed that the notary public in Bonifacio's complaint and his alleged affidavit of withdrawal was named by one and the same person, lawyer Leoncio Clemente.

Angeles City Election Officer Numer Lobo issued a certification on January 20, 2014 stating that Mamac is the winning candidate for the position of punong barangay in the October 2013 polls and that the village chief did not withdrew his candidacy.

Mamac also showed the Comelec En Banc a copy of a certification issued by Denise A. Dacanay, Clerk of Court IV and verified by Michael Angelo F Segismar, In-charge of Notarial Section, Office of the Clerk of Court of Angeles City stating that Clemente was never commissioned as notary public in the city and in nearby municipalities and cities of Mabalacat, Magalang, and Porac.

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