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Comelec upholds disqualification of Albay governor Rosal

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The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc has upheld the decision to disqualify Albay Governor Noel Rosal.

COMELEC Spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said the poll body has promulgated on Friday (Nov. 18) a resolution that “denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Respondent Noel E. Rosal in the Petition for Disqualification, which has been docketed as SPA No. 22-031(DC), filed against him by Petitioner Joseph San Juan Armogilla.”

“According to this latest Resolution, the Commission en banc ‘found no cogent reason to reverse the findings’ of the COMELEC First Division, as the said MR ‘neither contains any new matter or issues, not was it able to establish that the Assailed Resolution was based on insufficient evidence or that the same is contrary to law’,” the lawyer said.

The COMELEC First Division promulgated a Sept. 19 resolution that granted the petition to disqualify Rosal in his candidacy for the position of governor in the province.

Laudiangco said the COMELEC First Division “found Rosal to have violated Section 261(v), OEC (Omnibus Election Code) which prohibited the release, disbursement or expenditure of public funds during the 45-day election ban, and that Rosal’s act of giving cash assistance to tricycles and senior citizens in Legaspi City was without prior authority of the COMELEC as required by law and rules.”

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