The Commission on Elections en banc has approved petition to recall Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte Mayor Katrina Marie Mortola, saying this followed the proper procedure and met the required percentage of voters who make up the petitioners.
In a 58-page resolution dated March 20, the Comelec en banc directed its Office of the Executive Director for Operations (ODEDO) to prepare the calendar of activities for the conduct of recall elections for Cabadbaran.
“The election officer of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte is hereby directed within 24 hours from the receipt thereof, to issue a certification that the total number of signatures and thumbmarks found as valid by the Comelec en banc satisfies the minimum number of petitioners for the purpose of conducting recall elections and submit the same to the ODEDO,” the poll body said.
In issuing the resolution, the Comelec en banc dismissed the instant appeal filed by Mortola last January, questioning the verification process.
Mortola earlier claimed that the petition for recall should be dismissed for being insufficient in form and substance and failure of the petition to meet the required percentage of signatories or the minimum number of petitioners.
The Comelec has affirmed as valid 10,651 signatures of petitioners out of the 12,044 signatures verified.
The petition to recall Mayor Mortola was filed by defeated mayoral bet Judy Amante on Aug. 7, 2017, barely a year after she was declared winner of the May 9 elections.
The petition, supported by Agusan del Norte Gov. Angel Amante-Matba, former Mayor Dale Corvera, Vice Mayor Rey Jamboy and city councilors, contained 12,044 signatures.
The supposed “loss of trust and confidence” on Mortola’s leadership was cited as the reason for the petition. By GD