The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is giving Laguna Gov. Emilio Ramon “E.R.” Ejercito until May 27 to remain in his post while waiting for the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) if it will stop or not the poll body’s order unseating the governor.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Ejercito will stay as the governor of Laguna if the High Court issues a temporary restraining order (TRO) that will stop the implementation of the poll body’s en banc ruling disqualifying the local government official for campaign overspending in the 2013 elections.
“If there is no TRO by Monday, then the SC will meet the next day (Tuesday), we can still wait for it. Meaning, if they secure a TRO by Tuesday, it’s acceptable… he won’t be removed from office,” he said.
“We are not unreasonable,” he added.
On the other hand, Brillantes said that if the SC will not issue a TRO, the decision of the Comelec disqualifying the Laguna governor will already be deemed executory.
“By Wednesday or Thursday, (if there is no TRO), we will already have the decision sent to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for implementation,” the poll body chief said.
On Friday, Ejercito filed a motion for reconsideration before the High Tribunal.
Once removed from office, the law of succession will apply, which means Vice Gov. Ramil Hernandez will be taking over as Laguna governor. PNA