Mayor Mauricio Domogan’s entry into his second term will not be smooth-sailing for apart from tackling unfinished tasks at the city hall, he will also have to answer the petition for disqualification filed by lawyer Jose Molintas.
In an interview over a local radio station, Molintas thanked those who voted for him but hinted he will not withdraw the petition, which was filed last week before the central office of the Commission on Elections.
Domogan is accused of violating the Omnibus Election Code.
Domogan, along with his running mate Rep. Bernardo Vergara and their party mates in the Timpuyog Ti Baguio coalition, are accused of buying votes through scholarship funds; that as incumbents, they used their power in setting up their headquarters at the Burnham Park reservation, which is a government property; and of soliciting the support of barangay officials to campaign for them.
In his petition, Molintas asked the Comelec that in the event Domogan is not disqualified prior to the elections, votes cast in favor of the incumbent be declared stray votes.
Winners were proclaimed Tuesday afternoon at the Baguio Convention Center.
In the same radio station, Domogan said vote buying and other violations raised against him and Timpuyog are rehashed and have been previously dismissed.
He instead appealed for unity and a stop in spreading issues, which he claimed are baseless.
“With the support and cooperation of our fellow elected officials, we hope that we can effectively and efficiently continue and sustain the implementation of programs and projects that will uplift the status of the city and continue to attract foreign and domestic tourists who are key contributors in our robust economic growth,” Domogan was quoted in a press release from the Mayor’s Office.
He outlined his priorities for the next three years, which are to continue searching for a complimentary and permanent solution to the garbage disposal problem and sustain plans of improving the market.