The petition is exactly the same as the one filed before the Bacolod Election Registration Board so it should have the same result.
That was the answer of former Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez after the hearing of the petition for his exclusion from the list of registered voters of Bacolod City at the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 4 Tuesday afternoon, September 28.
Benitez said his lawyer presented counter-affidavits and he expects rejoinders will be filed.
The MTCC could rule on the petition by next week, he added.
The petition was filed by Grupo Progreso allies Hector Yula, Teodoro Abao and Jonah Tornea Abao against Benitez and the Bacolod ERB composed of Bacolod Elections Officer Kathrina Trinio-Caña, City Civil Registrar Hermilo Pa-oyon and Schools Superintendent Gladys Amelaine Sales.
The petitioners want Benitez excluded from the list of registered voters of Precinct No. 0629A in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod.
Benitez said the petition was filed by the same people who opposed his transfer of voter registration before the Bacolod ERB, which was dismissed.*