The victory of Leyte second district Rep. Lolita Javier in the 2016 elections was upheld by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).
The HRET’s decision was contained in 29-page dismissing the poll’s protest filed by rival former congressman Henry Ong for lack of clear and convincing evidence.
“The tribunal finds that there is no reason to continue hearing this case. After a careful scrutiny and evaluation of the evidence on record, the tribunal finds that to continue with the proceedings would only unreasonably delay what seems to be an inevitable conclusion of this case – the dismissal of the instant petition for quo warranto,” the resolution stated.
Ong’s contention against Javier’s victory that the congresswoman committed misrepresentation when she claimed a resident of Jaro town for 43 years when in fact she moved to other cities and became a permanent resident in their district only after her marriage.
The HRET, however, ruled out Ong’s bone of contention that Javier’s domicile in Jaro did not lose though she moved to another place.
“We have stated many times in the past that an individual does not lose his domicile even if he has lived and maintained residence in different places,” the electoral tribunal said. “The absence from legal residence or domicile to pursue a profession, study or to do other things of a temporary or semi-permanent nature does not constitute loss of residence.”
Javier was proclaimed winner after she got 112,989 votes compared to Ong garnering 88,995 votes.
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