LP Leadership Case Pending at Comelec
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ
The Liberal Party (LP) dispute between officers led by Senate President Franklin Drilon and those headed by Manila Mayor Jose L. Atienza Jr., is still to be taken up by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Poll officials said action has yet to be taken on the petition of Drilon challenging the validity of the election of LP officers under Atienza, 17 days after it was filed, and on the letter of Presidential Legal Counsel Antonio Eduardo Nachura seeking their recognition by the Comelec as true and legitimate officers of LP, seven days after it was sent to the Comelec.
The Comelec, led by its Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos Sr., has also not calendared Drilonas petition for a hearing nor has it directed Atienza and 14 other respondents to answer or comment on the petition.
Although the respondents are furnished copies of the petition filed against them, they do not normally answer or comment on such petition unless directed by the Comelec.
Records showed that the Comelec has not also taken any action on the letter of Nachura seeking Comelec recognition of the list of LP officers under Atienza. Nachura, who was elected secretary general of the LP under Atienza last March 2 during a National Assembly Meeting at the Manila Hotel, disputed reports in some newspapers that the Comelec recognized only the set of officers affiliated with Drilon. …