Comelec unseats Antique governor

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has annulled the proclamation of Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier of the Liberal Party for violations of the Omnibus Election Code.

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In an en banc resolution, the poll body 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.

Roquero and Aldon filed the disqualification case against Javier after he suspended Valderrama Mayor Mary Joyce Roquero during an election period.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and Commissioners Elias Yusoph, Arthur Lim, and Lucenito Tagle voted to disqualify Javier, while Commissioners Luie Guia and Christian Lim dissented. Commissioner Al Parreno was on official business.

The resolution stated that the majority concurred with the original resolution signed by Yusoph, wherein Javier was found to have violated election laws when he suspended Roquero on January 23, 2013, which falls within the election period.

It was alleged that Roquero’s suspension came after she manifested her political opposition against Javier, also during an election period. Thus, the act falls under “coercion of subordinates.”

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