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PJ unfazed by disqualification plaint

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(Photo from PJ Garcia's FB page)

PABLO John “PJ” Garcia said he is unfazed with the disqualification case filed against him, saying it is absurd. “While we have yet to receive our copy of the petition, we sense that the petition was filed out of a gross misreading, intentional or not, of the Constitution and the laws on suffrage and elections,” Garcia said in a statement released to the media. Gilbert Petito filed the petition before the Commission on Elections against Pablo John, who, he alleged, is not a registered voter in Cebu’s 3rd District, where he is seeking for reelection next year. Petito claimed that Pablo John is still a registered voter of Dumanjug, which is a part of the 7th District, where the latter ran for a congressional seat in 2016 but lost. Pablo John reasoned that his name is still not in Barili, where his new residency is as contained in his latest Certificate of Candidacy, as he had just filed for transfer of registration on last July 28. He said the transfer will still be recorded by the Election Registration Board (ERB) of the Commission on Elections. Pablo John is running for a congressional seat in the 3rd District, which will be vacated by his sister, Gwen Garcia, who is running for governor next year. “Does the law require that one already be a registered voter at the time of filing of the COC for congressman? No. The Constitution merely requires that a member of Congress be a registered voter of the district AT THE TIME OF THE ELECTION, or on May 13, 2019,” Pablo John said. - LGC

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