Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Bedol - guilty!

The Comelec had charged Bedol for his repeated failure to attend the hearings called by the Commission and his refusal to submit written explanations of his absences, his unlawful possession of accountable election documents, his outright disrespect for the authority of the Comelec and his boast of possessing an armory.

In the same resolution, the Comelec also found Bedol to have committed serious violations to Section 2 of Rule 29 of the Comelec Rules of Procedures for misbehavior in the performance of official duties and transactions; disobedience to or resistance to a lawful order; abuse of or unlawful interference with the proceedings of the Commission; failure to obey a subpoena duly served and exhibiting improper conduct ending, directly or indirectly, to impede, obstruct, or degrade the administration of justice by the Commission.

The Comelec likewise ordered its legal department to investigate and determine whether or not any election offense or crime under the Revised Penal Code has been committed by Bedol and if so to initiate the filing of the necessary charges.

The offense is bailable. I still have to read the decision on its entirety and file a motion for reconsideration either at the Commission or at the Supreme Court,รข€ Tagum added.

Opposition lawyer, Leila de Lima, for her part, said that Bedol could still file a motion for reconsideration before the Commission.

She stressed though that if the motion for reconsideration is denied, Bedol should immediately go to jail, unless he gets a temporary restraining order [TRO] from the court.

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