Comelec waits on DILG to unseat Javier

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After the Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued a writ of execution to oust incumbent Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier from his post, it is now up to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to serve it, said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Wednesday. Jimenez said the ball is now with the DILG, which has the capacity and capability to implement the order after the Supreme Court refused to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would have prevented the Comelec from issuing an executory writ. A petition to recall Javier’s election to office was filed with the Comelec last year, citing an alleged coercion of a former political ally to side with him. On Wednesday, reports came out that Javier refused to step down from his post citing the pendency of a motion for a TRO. Jimenez said that Javier could not use this as a reason as the Comelec has already refused to issue the TRO.

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