Posted By Administration,
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
VIdeo of PSME COMELEC Proclamation of Winning Candidates for the 2016 PSME Board of Directors on October 25, 2015.
PSME LETTER TO COMELEC
December 2, 2015
Engr. Gilbert C. Fuentecilla
PSME COMELEC Chairman
Engr. Reynaldo P. Uy
PSME COMELEC Member
Engr. Ely Bagtasus
PSME COMELEC Member
Dear Messrs. Fuentecilla, Uy and Bagtasus:
I refer to your letter dated November 25, 2015, which happens to be your response to the PSME National Board's directive dated November 19, 2015. The letter happens to have been sent via email though a certain Atty. Pam Jalandoni, who introduced herself as PSME COMELEC Lawyer.
In your letter, you have stated that the PSME COMELEC, to which you belong, cannot implement the directive of the Board to conduct the election of the 2016 PSME National Officers last November 28, 2015.
If you will recall, I sent you an email last October 29, 2015 thanking you for the valuable time and effort shared in doing the role of the COMELEC in the recent PSME Elections. In this same email, I asked you to expedite the convening of the winning candidates for the election of the 2016 National Officers, with assurance of assistance form the national secretariat.
On November 3, 2015, I informed you of the request of EVP/Director-Elect Murry Demdam to hold an election of officers on November 8, 2015 9:00AM at the PCA. But COMELEC Chair Fuentecilla replied though a text message that "...kailangan unahin muna ang meeting namin ng mga 2016 candidates para malaman nila mga dapat mangyari. Dapat tuloy and PCA meeting 10:00 AM sa Nov. 7, 2015..."
You have cited various reasons in your letter centering on the supposed non-authority of the Board to meddle on whatever actions the COMELEC will do as regards the election of the incoming board and officers, regardless of whether it is right or wrong; in accordance with the society's existing By-Law, Policy Manual, Omnibus Election Code and other pertinent laws, rules and practices; and regardless of whether it is in accord with your sworn duty or not.
This erroneous assumption had led you to gravely and excessively abuse the authority vested upon you that now causes divisiveness,, disagreement and discord among the candidates and their respective group. This had led to the filing of a case now in Court and might possibly result to other cases being filed in the succeeding days, including that against you.
We wish to emphasize that the authority given to you is to conduct the election of the 2016 PSME Board and Officers within the bounds of our By-Laws, Policy Manual, Omnibus Election Code and other pertinent laws, rules and practices. This authority never removed the authority of the Board, as the sole and exclusive governing body of PSME, to ensure that this sworn duty have been performed and if not, to exercise its power to ensure compliance therewith. This is what the Board had done when it issued the letter dated November 19, 2016, considering that the COMELEC had actually proclaimed in the open the results of the election for PSME's 2016 Board on October 25, 2015. The COMELEC's unqualified proclamation was duly recorded and videoed where the two of your were present and actually witnessed and stood side by side with COMELEC Member Ely P. Bagtasus as the latter officially proclaimed the names of the winning and incoming 2016 Board Members. And this proclamation was done by the COMELEC without any existing complaint or issue as the COMELEC had earlier resolved to dismiss the complaint lodged by Engr. Jerico Borja.
While the COMELEC professes its supposed policy of maintaining a free, honest and credible election, is subsequent acts, such as but not limited to those herein cited, show otherwise:
(i) refusing to honor the proclamation it made in October 25, 2015; (click here to watch the proclamation)
(ii) refusing to facilitate the election of officers from among its officially announced 2016 PSME Board of Directors last October 25, 2015;
(iii) its act of making a second (2nd) and third (3rd) proclamation of winners which is not sanctioned by any of PSME's rules;
(iv) backing up and illegally installing the individuals it proclaimed in its unlawful and illegal second (2nd) and third (3rd) proclamation by having their null and void election for the 2016 Board and Officers of PSME, which was done without a quorum; and
(v) its act of sending out the results of this bogus elections to the various government agencies concerned when it is the Board who should do the same.
The COMELEC's betrayal of the Society's and its members' trust and confident by committing the above acts and its utter refusal in fulfilling its mandate is clearly and utterly wrong.
Accordingly, the Board hereby demands the COMELEC to stop from doing any other acts that will further escalate the tension among the parties involved. This is without prejudice to the right of the Board to file the appropriate suit against the COMELEC for all its wrondoings that resulted to the presenet scenario.
PABLITO C. OCAMPO
PSME National President
COMELEC Certified Correct and Signed PSME Election Tally Sheet showing the following as the winning candidates:
1. Edgardo C. Camering - 7,204
2. Murry F. Demdam - 6,877
3. Lorenzo P. Larion - 6,769
4. Loreto G. Catalan - 6,740
5. Leandro A. Conti - 6,714
1. Willy C. Bermudez - 12,469
2. Diosdado F. Fetalvero - 7,141
1. Leonardo M. Cometa - 12,008
2. Nardito M. Cornelio, Jr. - 11,362
1. Lemie S. Leonida - 9,342
2. Joemarie A. Arib - 7,746
3. Emmanuel Y. Dela Cruz - 6,361
1. Roberto E. Sollano - 12,535
2. Robert S. Dy - 12,463
3. Feliciano C. Perater, Jr. - 7,347