Sayson filing MR on dismissal of his poll protest

Former Bacolod City Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson is filing a motion for reconsideration today before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) seeking a reversal of its decision to dismiss his election protest against Congressman Greg Gasataya.

“I feel dismayed over the HRET decision,” Sayson said.

He said, the body had earlier issued two resolutions on his favor, “which shows that my petition passed the requirement of form and substance. Therefore, my petition was valid,” the former city official said.

Sayson also said, this could have been “one way of knowing what really transpired during the 2016 elections.”

“There were 27,000 votes that were not counted. Is it not anomalous?,” he said.

He said, the declaration of the incumbent (Gasataya) of a legal victory “is not a victory at all.”

“It could have been a complete victory if the ballots were opened and counted,” Sayson said.

“We know what happened to the votes and why they were not counted,” he said, adding, “it should have been a preparation for the 2019 elections to protect the people’s votes.”

He said that while he expects no reversal of the HRET decision, “we will pursue this up to the Supreme Court.”

“It does not matter if the High Court will issue a decision after the 2019 elections,” he said.

Based on the ruling promulgated on November 23, with a unanimous vote of 9-0 and signed by HRET chairperson Supreme Court Associate Judge Presbitero Velasco Jr., “the allegations made by Sayson regarding vote-buying and questionable mathematical disparity of votes failed to establish a cause of action necessary to maintain an action before the tribunal.”

They further ruled that allegations “based solely on mathematical assumptions and conjectures are devoid of substance and would not qualify as specific acts or omissions constituting electoral fraud, anomalies, or irregularities.”

It added that “the instant protest being dismissible, the tribunal need not rule on the other matter raised by Sayson on the necessity of proof of the legitimacy and merit of the protest before a revision of the pilot protested precincts may be conducted.”

Sayson also thanked his supporters for guarding the ballot boxes at the BAYS Center.

“What I want is to give justice to the 27,000 whose votes were not counted,” Sayson said.*(NDB)




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