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Comelec disqualifies Jalosjos brothers from running in 2013 polls

Agence France Presse file photo of Romeo Jalosjos
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MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections has barred Romeo Jalosjos and Dominador Jalosjos from running for local positions in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Sur in the May 2013 elections.

“We disqualified or we actually canceled the certificates of candidacy of brothers Romeo Jalosjos and Dominador Jalosjos,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr.

He said a Regional Trial Court of Zamboanga City found out that Romeo, who is running for mayor of Zamboanga City is not a resident of the said city.

“Nagkaroon ng findings ang RTC Zamboanga kay Romy Jalosjos na hindi siya resident ng Zamboanga. Therefore, he is not registered…kaya tinanggal na namin sya sa listahan kahapon,” Brillantes added.

But, the poll body chief said Romy can still run for the position if he gets a reprieved from the Supreme Court.

“He cannot run for mayor of Zamboanga City unless he goes up to the High Court,” Brillantes added.

Under the law, an individual should be a registered voter of the locality in which he is intending to run.

On the other hand, Dominador, formerly the mayor of Dapitan City, is running for governor in Zamboanga del Sur has been disqualified after the SC affirmed a decision of a local court convicting him of robbery.

“We are implementing it so he cannot run for governor of Zamboanga del Sur. It’s part of the perpetual disqualification,” he said.

The law bars a convict from running for public office.