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Disqualified Bohol Mayor Files Libel Suit
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:38:38 PM »
Sunday Post       

A candidate for mayor in Carmen town who was disqualified by the Commission on Elections has filed a libel case against five people including this reporter.           

Conchita “Che” Toribio de los Reyes filed the libel case against Arlene Painagan-Palgan, Obet de la Torre, Rosendo Guingguing, Poly Ocsin and Medes Mejos.           

De los Reyes is asking P10-million in damages in the case docketed as I.S. VII-02-INV-JOB-0090 at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor.           

 â€œFrom January 22, 2010 to January 31, 2010, for the entire one-hour program Tin-aw nga Kasayuran, the anchors…were saying only bad things about me. They never said anything positive. It was a complete one-sided, highly partisan, and vicious attack on my personality and reputation,” de los Reyes said in her complaint.           

She added that during the airings of the program, the five took turns reading alleged crimes she committed.           

 â€œWhile somebody would be reading the alleged crimes, the others would be laughing and making negative comments about me,” the complaint said.           

 The complainant said that the same alleged crimes were read “day by day”.           

 â€œAll of the respondents would take turns reading the alleged crimes, and the rest would laugh mockingly and make negative comments about me,” de los Reyes added.           

She alleged that the program, sponsored and anchored primarily by Palgan, “is solely for the purpose of destroying my personality and reputation, in order to derail my candidacy for Mayor in Carmen” against incumbent Mayor Manuel Molina.           

The Commission on Election First Division earlier disqualified the complainant for being a fugitive from justice.           

According to the complaint filed by Molina and Julieta Feliza Torralba, she is misleading the people of Carmen by her use of the surname de los Reyes, “the surname of her second or bigamous marriage with a certain Francisco de los Reyes.”           

In seeking for her disqualification, the complainants said it should be stressed that the first and original husband of Conchita “is still alive whose marriage with her has not been declared null and void”.           

The petitioners said that since Conchita is validly married to Zosimo Ordoñez, her marriage to Francisco delos Reyes is “bigamous in nature”.           

They also pointed out that while she insists in using her maiden name Conchita A. Toribio in her signatures for her certificate of candidacy and certificate of nomination and acceptance, she uses the name Conchita T. Delos Reyes on the portion indicating the name of the candidate.           

According to the petitioners, these acts manifest her desire to misrepresent herself as Conchita T. Delos Reyes when she is the same Conchita T. Ordoñez known before as Conchita A. Toribio.           

Molina and said it is his opinion that she is hiding her true identity to avoid criminal liabilities.           

The mayor gathered that she has been facing a number of criminal cases.           

The resolution on SPA case no. 09-179 (DC) was signed by Presiding Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and Commissioners Armando Velasco and Gregorio Larrazabal.           

In granting the petition for disqualification, the resolution took note that section 68 of the Omnibus Election Code provides for the grounds for disqualification of local elective officials which provides among those disqualified are persons who are fugitives from justice.   


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