By Mar Supnad
NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur – Former Ilocos Sur Governor and incumbent town Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson brushed aside the disqualification case filed by a rival for this municipality’s mayoral post.
“There is no question about the legitimacy of my residency in this town as it was approved by the court, so where is the problem there?” said Singson.
Singson said Edgardo Zaragoza’s bid to have him disqualified in the 2019 midterm elections is a sign of desperation since he is bound to lose.
“Mabuteng la ni Zaragoza nga maabak kaniak isu nga ipapa disqualify nak ta ammona nga abakek isuna” (Zaragoza is just afraid to lose to me, so he tries to disqualify me), stressed Singson.
In his petition, Zaragoza said Singson’s certificate of candidacy should be denied due course or cancelled because it contains a misrepresentation regarding his eligibility to run for mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur with the intent to deceive and mislead the electorate.
“However, respondent does not possess the one-year residency requirement under the law. Respondent made a false representation in his COC when he declared under oath that he is eligible to run for mayor stating that he resides in No. 353 National Highway, Brgy. Sulvec, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur and has been residing there for more than four years, when the truth is he is neither a resident nor is he domiciled in Narvacan,” Zaragoza said in his complaint filed before the Commission on Elections on November 12.