The Commission on Election (Comelec) has disqualified Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito as governor of Laguna for campaign overspending in last May’s elections.
The decision to disqualify Ejercito was handed down by the election agency’s First Division.
Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said on Thursday Ejercito spent more than P6 million for television commercials alone.
A candidate for provincial governor is allowed to spend a total of P4.5 million for campaigning.
Comelec rules state that the aggregate amount that a candidate or party may spend for election campaign shall be “three pesos for every voter currently registered in the constituency where the candidates filed hi certificate of candidacy.”
Brillantes gave Ejercito five days to file an appeal.
Ejercito got 549,310 votes and was proclaimed by the Comelec on May 17.
Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said the poll body is expecting to disqualify more winning candidates for various election offenses.
“There are more erring candidates [who will be penalized], including mayors and other officials,” Tagle said.
“We are seeing vote-buying [cases],” he added.