Saturday, March 15, 2014

MTC Judge Mampo grants execution pending appeal in Malitbog election case

MINALABAC, CSur-–Municipal Trial Court Judge Elsma A. Mampo granted the Motion for Execution Pending Appeal filed by Romeo Barrameda Nicolas, who was declared winner during the barangay polls in Malitbog, this town, after an election protest case was decided by the trial court.

Romeo Barrameda Nicolas
(Photo: Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)
Nicolas, who in the original count conducted by the Barangay Board of Canvassers lost to Punong Barangay Pablito A. Renta, was pronounced the true winner in the said election contest, after the revision of votes was made.

In the order issued by Judge Mampo dated March 3, 2014, she said that “considering the grounds relied upon by the protestant (Nicolas) in his Motion for Execution Pending Appeal and the opposition thereto raised by the protestee (Renta) said motion is GRANTED.”

“The decision in this case was arrived at after a conscientious study and deliberation of all the evidence available. It has been found that protestant Romeo B. Nicolas is the true winner in the barangay elections for the position of Punong Barangay in Barangay Malitbog, Minalabac, Camarines Sur. There is a slim chance that this decision would be reversed because he leads seven votes when previously the protestee had 13 votes over him,” the decision said.

The court added that “having been voted for the position, Nicolas should have been sitting as such from December 1, 2013 to the present but was not able to sit by reason of the proclamation of the protestee. Public interest would be better served and it would be giving the true meaning to the electoral will of the people of Barangay Malitbog, Minalabac, Camarines Sur if their chosen Punong barangay, Romeo Nicolas should immediately sit as the Punong barangay and govern them instead of the protestee.”

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