Click HERE for a copy of a manifestation and motion filed by Marinduque Rep. Regina Reyes withdrawing her petition filed with the Supreme Court questioning her disqualification by the COMELEC.
Marinduque Representative Regina Reyes formally withdrew today her petition before the Supreme Court questioning her disqualification on citizenship grounds by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
This after she took her oath office at the opening of the 16th Congress yesterday before re-elected House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
“After the Speaker’s election, the Members of the House of Representatives of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines formally took their oath of office before the Speaker in open session,” she said in a two-page manifestation and notice of withdrawal filed on her behalf by her lawyers, the Roque and Butuyan Law Offices. “With the Petitioner’s admission and recognition in the House of Representatives, and the official opening and organization of the House of Representatives, all controversies regarding Petitioner’s qualifications and election to office are now within the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).”
She said she was among the legislators who attended the opening session and was officially and formally recognized as the duly elected representative of lone congressional district of Marinduque by the leadership of the House of Representatives.
She said the HRET is now the proper forum for all questions on her qualifications as a legislator representing Marinduque.