SAN JOSE, Antique: The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Western Visayas will serve the Commission on Elections (Comelec) order to unseat Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier today.
Interior Regional Director Anthony Nuyda said implementing the Comelec’s writ of execution was a bit delayed as they clarified some issues with the election body. He did specify the issues though.
This as Javier and Vice Gov. Rhodora Cadiao ran into a dilemma in Monday’s flag raising, a ceremony that is often led by the head of office. It is also during this service that announcements are made.
Javier reportedly took the microphone to address the Provincial Government employees gathered yesterday but was cut off. The sound system was allegedly installed by Cadiao’s group.
The Comelec earlier ordered the DILG to unseat Javier, citing coercion in the last elections.
Nuyda said his office will serve the writ of execution to Javier today or on Wednesday.
He added that he has already spoken to Cadiao and her supporters to wait for the peaceful transition of the gubernatorial position, which will happen after the DILG serves the writ of execution to Javier.
As the DILG regional chief, he has to issue a memorandum order for Cadiao to assume the vacated governor’s post.
Atty. Cornelio Aldon, one of the petitioners in the disqualification case against him, then told Javier that they had to talk and that he had to step down. Aldon also, according to Javier, suddenly grabbed the microphone from him.
Javier, in an interview, said that because of the intervention of his supporters, he was pacified and just left. Javier said that he will wait first for the DILG to serve the writ of execution before a peaceful transition will happen because of his disqualification case.
Last Friday, Cadiao was already sworn in before Barangay Captain Aster Hiponia of Barangay Atabay, San Jose to assume the gubernatorial position after Javier failed to secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Supreme Court within the five-day duration stipulated in the Comelec En Banc order.
Comelec Regional Director Dennis Ausan, in previous interview, said that the rule of succession will be applied in this case. Board Member Edgar Denosta, being the number one provincial board member, will be directed to assume the vice governor’s post.
Ausan said that their Comelec en Banc has disqualified Javier based on the petition filed by Raymundo Roquero, husband of Valderrama Mayor Mary Joyce Roquero who was placed under preventive suspension on January 23, 2013 despite the election ban which was then in effect from Jan. 13, 2013 to June 12, 2013. Javier also was not given approval by the Comelec to suspend the mayor.
Roquero filed the disqualification case last March 2013 together with Aldon, his party mate. Aldo ran for governor but lost to Javier in 2013. Roquero ran for congressman but also lost to Javier’s son, Representative Paolo Everardo Javier.
Majority of the Comelec En Banc commissioners voted for Javier’s disqualification on January 12, 2015.
Javier immediately filed an urgent petition for certiorari with prayer for immediate issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction and TRO and/or status Quo Ante Order to the SC. He was sent a copy of notice/resolution by the SC en banc dated January 21 requiring respondents Comelec, Aldon and Roquero to comment on the prayer of Javier within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice hereof.
Javier said that the 10-day period given will still lapse on February 6 and that he is still Antique’s governor until that writ of execution is served.
”I will accept the memorandum,” Javier said. “I don’t know why they [Cadiao’s group] can’t wait for that memorandum.”
Javier added that he too wants a peaceful transition for the province. As of presstime, supporters of both parties are gathered outside the capitol.