First Posted 11:35:00 08/23/2010
Almeria, Biliran – Another BEI chairman has been charged in court for violation of Art. 171 of the Revised Penal Code. Ms AMELISSA DIACOMA, a resident of Brgy. Pili, Almeria, Biliran was the BEI chairman of clustered precincts numbered 0031A – 0034A during the May 10,2010 synchronized National and Local Elections. It was alleged that she took advantage of her position as BEI chairman to commit the felonious act complained of.
The complaint stated that she (Ms Diacoma) made it appear that a certain AURORITA MORILLO QUINLOB voted last Elections when in truth she was at that time in SINGAPORE working. The VOTING RECORD of Ms. Quinlob showed a signature in the space for signatures and a thumbmark in the space for thumbmarks and duly attested to by the signature of Ms Diacoma herself.
A curious watcher inquired from the neighbors of Ms. Quinlob when she arrived from abroad. The neighbors were surprised since Auring (as Ms Quinlob is known to her close friends) has not yet come home from abroad. Two days after the elections, the neighbors went to the office of the election officer to check the documents if it was true that Ms Quinlob had really voted. They were stunned by what they had discovered.
Knowing that her acts were discovered, Ms Diacoma compounded her crime by committing another felonious act . She went to the office of the EO and using a liquid eraser, deleted all entries in the VRR of Ms. Quinlob.
MS. AURORITA M. QUINLOB arrived from Singapore last July 22,2010. She was aghast when told of this incident. She showed her passport to interested persons and even had photo copies of her document taken and certified to.
Two other sets of cases are being readied against Ms. Diacoma – one is for violation of election laws and another is for violation of civil service laws. The complaint prayed that after due notice and hearing, Ms. Diacoma be dismissed from the service, with forfeiture of benefits, and disqualification from holding future employment in the government. In the meantime that her case is being heard, it was also prayed that Ms. Diacoma be suspended , with her salaries and other emoluments withheld.