High Court junks ER Ejercito, son’s plea

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition of former Laguna Gov. Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito and his son Jorge Antonio Genaro seeking the deletion of the latter’s name from the May 9 election ballots, rendering it “moot and academic”.

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The High Court en banc decision said the younger Ejercito’s petition has been rendered moot and academic since “[t]he May 9, 2016 elections were held with [his]name on the ballot.”

“[T]he petition now presents a moot question, and resolving the same would result in the court rendering an advisory opinion, which the court is proscribed from doing. Furthermore, the court found nothing to justify an exception to the rule on moot and academic questions,” the SC ruled.

Earlier, Jorge Ejercito has alleged that Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction after it junked the plea that his name be deleted from the 1.6-million ballots for Laguna to avoid confusion and possible disenfranchisement because of the similarity between his name and that of his father who is also running for the same post.

He also withdrew from the gubernatorial race on Feb.1 to give way to his father.

The older Ejercito was dismissed from the office for overspending during the May 2013 elections upon the Comelec decision.

During the recently concluded May 9 elections both father and son lost to Gov-elect Ramil Hernandez.

JOMAR CANLAS

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