A member of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) can’t hide his disappointment after the poll body’s decision to uphold the recent appointment former AA-Kasosyo Party-list nominee Mocha Uson as deputy executive director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Authority (OWWA).

Fortun: Appointment ban of losing party-list nominees may affect poll system

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

A member of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) can’t hide his disappointment after the poll body’s decision to uphold the recent appointment former AA-Kasosyo Party-list nominee Mocha Uson as deputy executive director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Authority (OWWA).

“The ban applies to the party-list, not her (Uson), because she was only a nominee. Kailan po ba kayo nakarinig ng party-list na inappoint sa isang posisyon sa gobyerno?” Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun said in jest.

Fortun’s statement came as a reaction to the statement made by Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spokesman James Jimenez that Uson’s appointment is valid because the one-year ban applies only to the party-list group and not the nominee.

Fortun warned that such argument that “would mean the three-term limit for members of the House of Representatives should not apply to a party-list nominee who has served a third term.”

“He or she can be a nominee for a fourth consecutive term because the candidate in the previous three elections was not him or her, but the party-list. Hence, he or she is not a candidate for a fourth term,” said Fortun.

“Applying the same principle, does it follow that a party-list nominee holding a public post need not resign, or cannot be deemed resigned, because he or she is not a candidate? Hindi niya kailangang mag-resign, o hindi siya considered resigned, dahil hindi naman siya kumakandidato,” he added.

Jimenez, in a radio interview, said the one-year ban on losing candidates does not apply to party-list nominees, but to the actual party-list only.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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