Nanggigipit dahil ipit! Petitioner in disqualification case accuses Bingbong Crisologo of bullying
The woman who filed a disqualification case against Quezon City Rep. Bingbong Crisologo has accused him of bullying as election day on May 13 nears.
Sophia Lorenza Zamora sought Crisologo’s disqualification because of his failure to obtain absolute pardon concerning his double life imprisonment sentence for arson and homicide.
“I see this case as a way to stop his bullying. I was a victim of his bullying when I ran for barangay captain in his district. He was involving himself, scaring his opponents, buying votes against us. It was harassment, bullying,” she said.
Last year, Zamora ran for barangay chairman in Barangay Sienna, which is under district 1 that Crisologo represents in Congress.
She, however, claimed that the lawmaker was displeased that she ran against his goddaughter.
“They bully all of their enemies so, now, no one in our barangay wants to run against them,” she said.
In her disqualification petition filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, Zamora cited Crisologo’s lack of absolute pardon which would render him disqualified from holding public office.
In 1970, Crisologo was sentenced to a double life imprisonment for one case of arson and one case of arson with homicide for the burning of Barangay Ora Centro and Ora Este in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Crisologo served time in jail for his conviction.
In 1981, Crisologo received a conditional pardon from former President
Ferdinand Marcos. He claimed to have received an absolute pardon in 1986, which enabled him to run for senator under the Nacionalista Party in 1992.
However, documents from the Malacañang Records Office show that the executive clemency granted was only a Conditional Pardon dated January 14, 1981.
This is supported by a Certification from the Board of Pardons and Parole stating that there are no other “official records or documents” in their custody, save for an index card showing that Crisologo was granted a conditional pardon.
The card bore suspicious erasure marks, leading the petitioner to believe it may have been altered to support Crisologo’s claim for his first run in 1992.
“Nothing in the Conditional Pardon granted to Respondent removes his incompetency from running for and holding public office. And without such an express restoration, Respondent must be deemed disqualified from being a candidate or holding public office,” the petition read, adding that Crisologo must be disqualified from running for mayor of Quezon City.