TUGUEGARAO CITY––A regional trial court docket on Thursday, Might 5, prolonged for 20 days the short-term restraining order (TRO) in opposition to the distribution of pandemic help by authorities officers in Cagayan province who’re allegedly utilizing it to court docket voters.
Decide Marivic Cacatian-Beltran of the Regional Trial Courtroom-Department 3 on this metropolis mentioned the TRO was prolonged whereas a preliminary injunction is being heard.
Lawyer Victorio Casauay lately requested the court docket to cease the distribution of funds underneath the No Barangay Left Behind (NBLB) and Oplan Tulong sa Barangay Program of the provincial authorities as these had been allegedly getting used for vote-buying.
Casauay had earlier filed an injunction with a really pressing ex-parte utility for a TRO and/or preliminary injunction.
He cited Decision 10747 of the Fee on Elections prohibiting the discharge, disbursement, and expenditure of presidency funds throughout the marketing campaign interval.
Casauay additionally referred to money advances of P550 million for use for the mentioned packages.
He urged native legislation enforcers and election officers to arrest and indict authorities officers violating the decision.
The fund, Casauay claimed, is getting used to not directly “purchase votes” for the provincial administration candidates.
Gov. Manuel Mamba, nevertheless, asserted that there have been no irregularities within the launch of funds, which he mentioned had been declared exempt by the Comelec.
Requested if he would cease the discharge of the help, Mamba mentioned he would cease, however they might watch for the decision of the movement for reconsideration that they filed in opposition to the TRO. INQ
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