MANILA, Philippines – Former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn wants his old post back.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday confirmed that Hagedorn is among those seeking the Puerto Princesa mayoral post in the recall election on May 8.
James Jimenez, Comelec spokesman, said 45 candidates filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) for the recall polls.
Hagedorn was accompanied by his wife Ellen and Alroben Goh, the principal petitioner in the recall petition against Mayor Lucilo Bayron, when he filed his COC at the local Comelec office.
“Many have said that this recall election would not push through. They were wrong. The people’s clamor for change is stronger,” Hagedorn said after filing his COC.
Goh said that illegal drugs and gambling activities in the city prompted him to file the petition.
The poll body earlier ordered the holding of the recall election after validating the signatures in the petition against Bayron.
Hagedorn’s bid to return to the city hall through a recall election is unprecedented in local politics, as this will be the second time that a city mayor had been recalled by the electorate.
The first recall election in the country was held in this city in 2002. It resulted in the ouster of then Mayor Dennis Socrates, now congressman of the city’s lone district.
Under Hagedorn, Puerto Princesa was known for its cleanliness, forest reserves, environmental protection programs and low crime rate.
Meanwhile, the Comelec junked the recall petition filed by Perlita Mendoza against Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado due to lack of time.
“Even if the Comelec grants the appeal and declares that the required percentage of valid signatures has been met, the conduct of the recall election may not possibly push through,” the poll body said.
It said the Local Government Code does not allow the holding of recall elections within one year preceding a regular local election.
Aside from lack of time, the petition lacks the required number of valid signatures, the Comelec said. – With Ramon Efren Lazaro
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