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Zamora urges Comelec to act on recall petition at protest rally

FORMER San Juan City Vice Mayor Francisco Zamora urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to act
on the recall petition as the people of San Juan held a prayer vigil in front of Comelec’s main
office in Intramuros, Manila, yesterday morning

“I am urging the Comelec to hear the voice of the people of San Juan. They want real change
that is why they want the poll body to act on it,” Zamora said.
 
The petitioners appealed during the prayer vigil that the Comelec en banc act on the recall
petition which was already approved by the Comelec (en banc) to be sufficient in form and substance
last November 2017.
    
“We are losing time… I am hoping that Comelec will soon verify the signatures in the
petition that the en banc found ‘sufficient in form and substance’,” he added.
    
Gregorio Bonifacio, San Juan’s election officer, said he sent the notice through registered
mail on Jan. 12, 2018 as a substituted service, saying the camp of Gomez received it on January 15,
2018.
    
The move of substituted service was done after several attempts of Comelec to serve the
notice personally failed. It can be recalled that Zamora said that the camp of Gomez is
intentionally avoiding to accept the notice of sufficiency to delay the process.
 
However, Gomez said that she will not accept the notice for she finds it “unfair.
    
“I will not accept this recall and will allow my lawyers to challenge it legally… I find the
recall election notice unfair…[The Comelec] doesn’t know much of San Juan,” the incumbent mayor
said.
    
Guia, the former partner of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, went against former Vice Mayor
Francis Zamora in the 2016 mayoral elections. She was declared winner of the mayoral race after
garnering 28, 828 votes, while Zamora had 27,604 votes.
    
“The Comelec only need to verify 15,000 signitures to push through another election. My
supporters provided about 30, 000,” Zamora said in earlier interviews.