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Petition filed to cancel Sen. Pia Cayetano’s congressional candidacy in Taguig City

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TAGUIG CITY  A resident of Taguig City has filed a petition at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to cancel or deny due course to the certificate of candidacy (COC) of Senator Juliana Pilar "Pia" Cayetano for congresswoman of the city.

 

The petitioner, Donna Sionomio, said the Comelec should cancel Cayetano’s COC for her congressional bid in the second district of Taguig City in the May 2016 polls for allegedly committing “material misrepresentation.”

 

In her petition, Sionomo claimed that Cayetano, who is finishing her term as senator, is not a resident at Two Serendra, Fort Bonifacio and not a registered voter of Barangay Fort Bonifacio.

 

“Respondent Cayetano is not a resident of 352-A, Phase 1A, Two Serendra, 11th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. The truth is respondent Cayetano is a resident of No. 306, Agno St., Ayala Alabang Village, Alabang, Muntinlupa City,” the petition stated.

 

In fact, “as of July 20, 2015, respondent Cayetano was still a registered voter of Precinct No. 145-A, Bagumbayan, Taguig City,” the petition stated.


The petitioner said a further verification from the Office of the Election Officer will confirm that as of July 6, 2015, respondent Cayetano has not applied for transfer of registration as a voter of Barangay Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.


Sionomo also cited the information sheet from the office of Cayetano, where the latter confirmed her residence to be at No. 306, Agno St. Ayala Alabang Village, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.


“The truth is, Unit 352A, Two Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City is the residence of her brother, Lino S. Cayetano who is the incumbent Member, House of Representatives in the Second Legislative District of Taguig City,” according to the petition.


“Thus, due to the material misrepresentations of respondent Cayetano in her COC, as provided under Section 78 of the Omnibus Election Code, in relation to Section 74 thereof; the COC of respondent Cayetano must be cancelled,” the petitioner added.

 

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