THE ouster of Antique governor Exequiel Javier is now final and executory.
In a Writ of Execution issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) following Javier’s failure to secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Supreme Court (SC), the poll body ordered the official “to cease and desist from performing his functions as governor of Antique.”
During the deliberations of the SC en banc last Wednesday, the high court refused to issue a TRO on Javier’s petition seeking to halt his disqualification.
The Comelec Writ stated: “Whereas, paragraph 2, Section 8 of Resolution No. 9523 in relation to Section 13, Rule 20 of the 1993 Comelec Rules of Procedure provides that a decision or resolution of the Commission en banc is deemed final and executory if no restraining order is issued by the Supreme Court within 5 days from receipt hereof.”
The Comelec has ruled that without the SC TRO, the disqualification of Javier shall be final and executory.
The Comelec en banc has granted the petition for disqualification against Javier filed by former Lakas-CMD secretary general and UNA candidate Raymundo Roquero and Cornelio Aldon, also of the Lakas-CMD.
Both Roquero and Aldon lodged the disqualification case against Javier after he suspended Valderrama Mayor Mary Joyce Roquero during an election period. This falls under “coercion of subordinates,” an act punishable by ouster from office.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and Commissioners Elias Yusoph, Arthur Lim, and Lucenito Tagle voted for Javier’s disqualification.
On the other hand, Commissioners Luie Guia and Christian Lim dissented. Commissioner Al Parreno was on official business.