Legarda seeks dismissal of petition filed against her

Published November 19, 2018, 8:05 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Sen. Loren Legarda, a congressional aspirant for Antique, has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to dismiss the petition filed against her by her rival Exequiel Javier for lack of merit.

“Verily, all the foregoing would show that the petition is without merit as there was no false material representation as would warrant the denial or the cancellation of the respondent’s COC,” read her Verified Answer filed November 16.

Senator Loren Legarda (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Loren Legarda

“All the evidences attached show that respondent is a resident of Barangay Mag-Aba, Pandan, Antique and would be such for more than a year before the May 13, 2019 midterm elections and therefore eligible for the position which she is running for,” it added.

Javier earlier filed a petition asking that the COC of Legarda be denied due course or cancelled on the ground that the latter supposedly made a false material misrepresentation when she claimed to be a resident of Barangay Mag-Aba, Pandan, Antique.

But Legarda said she is a resident of Mag-Aba, Pandan, Antique.

“There is overwhelming evidence to show that respondent Legarda, aside from tracing her roots to the province of Antique, has been and still is a resident of Mag-Aba, Pandan, Antique since January 1, 2018, and has made it her domicile of choice,” read her Verified Answer

She revealed that from January 1 up to the present, she has been leasing the residential house located in the said area.

Respondent said she is also a holder of a Community Tax Certificate issued on August 9 showing that her address is Mag-aba, Pandan, Antique.

This is aside from the Barangay Certification certifying that respondent is an actual resident of the said barangay since January 1, 2018.

“Thus, it is evident that when respondent Legarda stated in her COC that she is a resident of Mag-aba, Pandan, Antique, and that her period of residency in the province of Antique would be one year and four months before the May 13, 2019 elections, there was no deliberate attempt mislead, misinform, or hide a fact that would otherwise render her ineligible,” read her Verified Answer.

“Wherefore, premises, considered, it is most respectfully prayed of this Honorable Commission that this Verified Answer be noted and that the petition to cancel or deny due course to the certificate of candidacy of respondent Lorna Regina Bautista Legarda be dismissed for lack of merit,” it further read.