PHOTO CAPTION: It’s full steam ahead for Negros Occidental Capitol consultant Alfredo ‘Albee’ Benitez’s mayoral bid in Bacolod City after COMELEC-Bacolod approved his transfer of voter registration./iNEWS
BACOLOD CITY–It’s COMELEC-official: the transfer of voter registration of Capitol consultant and former congressman Alfredo Abelardo ‘Albee’ Benitez to Bacolod City is approved.
This, after the Election Registration Board (ERB), headed by Atty Kathrina Trinio- Caña, in a decision dated July 23, 2021, denied the opposition against the transfer.
“In light of the foregoing, the Election Registration Board hereby denies the opposition filed by Hector Yula, Teodoro Abao, and Jonah Abao and approves the application of Alfredo Abelardo Benitez for the transfer of his voter registration to Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City,” the resolution obtained by the local media on Wednesday, July 28, stated.
The ERB, in its resolution, said that, “The Board finds the registrant fulfilled the residency requirement of six months on the day of the election. Even if the period of residence of the registrant in Mountainview Subd., Barangay Mandalagan, be reckoned from the time of his filing of application to transfer of registration record on April 22, 2021, until the eve of the Election Day on May 9, 2022, respondent/registrant would still be one year and 11 days a resident thereof.”
Earlier, Caña said that both parties—the oppositors and the registrant applicant—may still file their petition before the court for inclusion/exclusion of voter/registrant.
Other voters/applicants who were also subjected to opposition have been sent copies of the ERB’s decision on their applications.
In reaction to the ERB’s decision, Benitez said, “We respect and thank the ERB for the decision. We always had complete faith in the COMELEC-ERB process. Now, I am a registered voter of Bacolod City. ”
“Bacolod, here I come!” Benitez added.
The oppositors and their lawyers could not be reached for comment as of press time.
The ERB is composed of Caña, city election officer and ERB chair; Gladys Amylaine Sales, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of Bacolod City, and Atty. Hermilo Pa-uyon, local civil registrar. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)