SAN JOSE, Antique – Lakas Kampi-CMD mayoralty bet Walden Lim is set to file a disqualification case against his brother Joel who is also running for mayor in Tibiao, Antique.
Joel is the official candidate of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL). He is the son-in-law of his incumbent Mayor Sotera Tamayo, Walden’s political rival.
Walden said Joel is a United States immigrant and only came home early this year to file his candidacy.
He said his brother is not qualified to run because he lacks the residency requirement set by the Commission on Elections.
According to him, Joel failed to complete the residency requirement of one year in the country and at least six months in Tibiao.
Joel’s candidacy will reportedly affect the bid of Walden as it may cause confusion among the voters and divide the support of his family.
It can be recalled that Walden ran against Tamayo in 2007 for mayoralty. He, however, lost for less than a hundred votes.
Walden filed an election protest and asked for a recount. The Regional Trial Court counted the ballots and declared Walden the winner.
But the court’s order has not been implemented pending appeal. It is believed to be moot and academic since election is already near.
Aside from the Lim brothers, Gil Bandoja is also aiming for the mayoralty post.
In Culasi town, Lakas-Kampi-CMD mayoralty candidate Joel Lumogdang is also planning to file a disqualification case against his opponent Bebiano “Bebot” Herco.
Lumogdang said Herco is an immigrant and should be disqualified since he failed to meet the residency requirements.
Both Joel and Herco were not immediately reached for comment.