COMELEC division junks ex-Pasig mayor’s poll protest vs Vico Sotto

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 2) — The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Second Division unanimously junked on Friday the poll protest of former Pasig Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio against incumbent Mayor Vico Sotto.

The COMELEC unit found Eusebio’s electoral protest was insufficient in form and substance. It said “it failed to reflect a detailed specification of the acts of omissions complained of showing the electoral frauds, anomalies, or irregularities in the protested precincts.”

It added that the bulk of Eusebio's evidence comes from sworn statements from his supporters and poll watchers which “do not support or provide specific details” about the accusations and are “self-serving and one-sided.”

"I thank the COMELEC for the speedy decision on the electoral protest. Now we can focus on further serving our constituents," Sotto said of the decision.

Eusebio can appeal the decision before the COMELEC En Banc.

Eusebio lodged a poll protest against Sotto a week after the midterm elections in May. Sotto, a 29-year-old political newcomer, defeated the scion of the political clan that has been ruling the city for nearly three decades.

Sotto welcomed the protest and wished Eusebio “inner peace to accept the truth.”

CNN Philippines Correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.