Inhibit for fairness sake

COMMENDABLE are those in authority who didn’t have to be forced as they do it by themselves, they either step down or in the case of court officials like justices or judges they inhibit quickly so as to ensure an impartial judgment to any particular case.

And that should take place with Commission on Elections Commissioner Lucenito Tagle who, in the spirit of fairness, should restrain himself from presiding over the case of beleaguered Imus, Cavite Mayor Homer Saquila-yan who is being eased out from the post following a trial court decision against his favor.

Tagle, who heads the Comelec’s Second Division, turns out to be the same Imus judge who ruled against Saquilayan in a poll protest three years ago, according to Rep. Crispin Remulla, the provincial chairman of the Nationalist Party of which the incumbent town mayor is part of.

“Now that he (Tagle) is handling the protest case, what can we expect?

“We are appealing for (Comelec) Chairman (Sixto) Brillantes to transfer the case to another division to erase any suspicion that this protest is headed for another ‘railroading’,” Remulla says.

Last week, Imus Judge Cesar Mangrobang of Regional Trial Court’s Branch 22 granted the motion for execution pending an appeal of the Nov. 15 decision he issued declaring Emmanuel Maliksi as the “real” winner in the 2010 ma-yoralty race, following a manual recount of 25,036 votes from 53 local precincts.

Saquilayan was then proclaimed winner by the Comelec with 8,499 votes over Maliksi of the Liberal Party.

But in the poll recount supervised by Mangrobang, the court nullified 8,387 ballots for being “stray votes,” thereby erasing the lead of Saqui-layan over Maliksi.

Drug-Free Navotas

A dream of Navotas City Mayor John Reynald Tiangco to transform the coastal city into a drug-free zone is doable.

Why it’s so?

The youthful city chief executive leads by example by requiring all City Hall employees to undergo random drug tests.

The drug tests for the entire employees and, yes, city officials are expected to be completed within the month by the time all City Hall workers have undergone the requirement.

Tiangco says: “The city government is really serious and all-out in the drive against the use of illegal drugs and we can achieve a high result if the campaign will start right at the City Hall.”

Informed about the mayor’s move, several city hall workers officials are even all praises for Tiangco.

The mayor’s initiative was really a good move because we can now see if there are employees who are into illegal drug use and this would be the best time for them, if any, to be rehabilitated otherwise they don’t deserve to be public servants, the people in Navotas say.

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