Navarra could face
election offense suit
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The head of the Legal Department of the Commission on Elections late yesterday asked Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra to have the oversized “Team Patay/Team Buhay” tarpaulin in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral removed, otherwise, the COMELEC will be constrained to file an election offense case against him.
“We pray that the Catholic Church will be the first institution to help the Commission on Elections in ensuring the conduct of peaceful, orderly, honest and credible elections,” COMELEC Legal Department Director IV, Esmeralda Amora-Ladra, wrote.
The bishop, through his lawyer, Mitchelle Abella, had asked on Monday for a definitive ruling by the COMELEC Legal Department on the tarpaulin that lists the names of senatorial candidates and partylist groups to support and not to support for their stance on the Reproductive Health Law.