Maria Elena Catajan
A COMMISSION on Election order has changed the fate of the Montañosa.
The fight of Kathy Jyll Mayaen-Luis to assume the gubernatorial post of Mt. Province has come to a halt, after an injunction signed by Comelec Senior Commissioner Christian Robert Lim issued June 29 was served, a day after she took her oath.
Vice-Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan has assumed the gubernatorial post in the province, abiding by the Comelec injunction, stopping Mayaen-Luis to occupy the office of the governor.
Comelec election supervisor, Ricardo Lampac was in Bontoc to serve the order coming from the Comelec first division.
The order prevents Mayaen – Luis from assuming the gubernatorial seat and the discharges of functions until pending cases are resolved at the Comelec.
Administered by Judge Lito Dumpayan, Lacwasan took his oath as governor before noon, Thursday, June 30.
Mayaen-Luis was hurled into politics days after her father died and was cast as the family’s bet to succeed for the gubernatorial seat but the Comelec has been giving conflicting opinions on the fate of the candidacy of the late unopposed governor. Initially, rules of succession were said to apply for Mayaen’s case citing Comelec resolution 8894 section 19, which states substitution of candidates in case of death, disqualification or withdrawal of another.
An official candidate of a duly registered political party or coalition, who dies, withdraws or is disqualified for any cause after the last day for the filing of COCs may be substituted by a candidate belonging to, and nominated by, the same PP or Coalition.”
While, another Comelec Resolution 3253-A, Section 13 is cited stating no substitution shall be allowed for an independent candidate “if an official candidate of a registered political party dies, withdraws or is disqualified for any cause, he may be substituted by a candidate belonging to, and nominated by, the same political party.”
The Mayaen camp said they will abide by the Comelec ruling but rued the time element will be against them as the commission may take a long time to resolve the case.