MANILA — The Commission on Elections has lifted the suspension of recall proceedings involving several local officials while the five pending recall petitions against five elective officials was opened.
The opening of recall petitions involved Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron, Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Baliuag Mayor Carolina Dellosa, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno and Bulan, Sorsogon Mayor Marnelli Ballesteros-Robles, according to a Comelec resolution.
The commission also allowed the resolutions affirming the sufficiency of the petitions against two officials including Alvarado and Bayron to be published.
It also has directed the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations (ODEDO) to conduct a review on the findings of the Offices if Election Officers (OEOs) regarding the recall petitions field against Dellosa and Moreno.
Meanwhile, Bulan, Sorsogon’s election officials were also called on to evaluate the recall petition raised against Robles.
Recall petitions are filed by atleast 25 percent of the total number of registered voters in the local government and must be approved by the local election officers.
After the approval, the recall order must be posted publicly to ensure the authenticity and the genuineness of the petition.
The Comelec then sets the recall elections after the announcement of the candidates.