House Electoral Tribunal unseats Laguna congressman

Posted at 12/18/08 11:28 AM

The House Electoral Tribunal voted 7-2 to unseat Congressman Dan Fernandez as representative of the first district of Laguna due to lack of residency.

This tribunal granted the petition of a Jesus Vicente of Sta. Rosa, Laguna who questioned his residency.

Fernandez vowed to file a motion for reconsideration. 

The 7 who voted against Fernandez were Supreme Court Justice Consuelo Ynares Santiago, Chairman, and members SC Justice Conchita Carpio Morales, Rep. Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Fredenil Castro, Rep. Roberto Cajes, Rep. Solomon Chungalao and Rep. Florencio Miraflores.

Those who favored Fernandez were fellow Laguna Rep. Justin Marc Chipeco and SC Justice Alicia Austria Martinez. -- report from WILLARD CHENG, ABS-CBN News