Court ‘stops’ LMP rematch
TAGBILARAN CITY – Determining by election, who will lead the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Bohol chapter was again stalled when a last minute restraining order came as the elections was about to begin noon of Friday, September 27.
While it keeps everyone, including the media, guessing, the LMP elections was averted Friday by a temporary restraining order (TRO), preventing them to hold the supposedly second election of officers last Friday.
A group of mayors led by Bien-Unido Mayor Nino Rey Boniel was able to present the TRO after securing it from Talibon Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Acting Presiding Judge Judge Marivic Trabajo Daray.
The court order was in consideration of two separate motions; the first filed by Boniel and the other by Mayors of Getafe, San Miguel and Dagohoy praying the same injunction and issuance of a restraining order.
RTC Judge Daray said the matter under consideration is of extreme urgency since an election was set Friday Sep. 27; and since the issues raised are gravely serious, and in order not to render the complainants actions moot and academic, the court granted the separate prayers.
Some 30 municipal mayors were present during the Friday gathering at Bohol Tropics Resort but nothing came out as the league decided to follow the court order, the meeting adjourned and everybody home, Boniel said.
The said meeting for the holding of the “second election” was called and presided over by former mayor Mayor Roberto Cajes of Trinidad, who was reportedly “authorized” by the LMP national directorate. At the same time, his wife, incumbent Mayor Judith Cajes was present during the same meeting.
A heated argument again erupted as the authority to call an election by former Trinidad mayor Roberto Cajes was questioned.
Loay mayor Rosemarie Lim-Imboy was vocal in her opposition on Cajes’ authority since the latter is no longer a mayor.
The scenario turned out like a circus when Mayor Efren Tungol of Alburquerque, Bohol, who is supposedly the “interim” president as many believes he is, was again questioned on his legitimate right as the convenor of the first election on August 19, 2013, wherein Boniel and Inabanga Mayor Josephine Socorro Jumamoy had a controversial tie.
The gathering of mayors ended about 2 o’clock in the afternoon with almost all, expressing frustration over alleged wasted time and resources on such matter of electing a president of a supposed organization to strengthen ties among local executives.
A hearing to tackle the said TRO (which is good for 72 hours only) is scheduled on Sept. 30, 2013, 8:30 Monday morning in Talibon.
3RD THRILLA AWAITED
It can be recalled that protagonists Boniel and Jumamoy tied at 22 votes apiece for the presidential race held on August 19, 2013 at the same venue.
There were 46 mayors present at that time who casted votes, except for Bilar Mayor Norman Palacio who was abroad in the U.S. He was then represented by his Vice-mayor Dodong Calamba but only to be “booted out” when voting came because he cannot do so based on the league’s rules and regulations.
Two mayors, who remain unidentified, of the 46 mayors present “deliberately” invalidated their votes. One left the space for president blank while the other wrote the name Imboy (referring to Loay Mayor Rosemarie Lim-Imboy) who was not a bet for president.
The tie prompted Jumamoy and Loon Mayor Lloyd Lopez, who is elected as executive vice-president during the first election, to file a petition before the LMP’s national directorate to invalidate the said election.
The national directorate reportedly granted the said petition.
Prior to vote counting on the first election, both camps of Boniel and Jumamoy clearly attempted to outsmart each other with the latter heavily relying on its party support but fall short of its expectation from the 30+ mayors count.
The camp of Boniel, which was believed “financed” by a defeated bet for governor, tried but failed to convince Jumamoy to a “power-sharing”. Jumamoy also refused to settle the tie either; even by the traditional toss coin. (With reports: FCA –RVO)