The House of Representatives will comply with the Supreme Court decision unseating Surigao del Sur Philip Pichay who was deemed ineligible for his congressional post.
The High Court ousted Pichay because of a libel conviction in 2011. It reversed the decision of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal by granting the petition filed by Pichay’s opponent, Mary Elizabth Ty-Delgado.
Under the Omnibus Election Code, a crime involving moral turpitude that includes libel bars an individual from running for public office for five years since the conviction.
“We will wait for formal communication on the Writ of Execution [of the Supreme Court order]. The decision is a result of the review of the decision of the HRET and we will abide by it,” House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd said.
“We will follow the SC [decision]reviewing that of the HRET which has first and exclusive jurisdiction on these cases,” Gonzales added.
The HRET earlier ruled that Pichay is eligible to run and occupy his Congressional post because he was just implicated in his capacity as the publisher.
Pichay won vs. Delgado with 76,870 votes during the 2013 Congressional race.
In stark contrast, the House is yet to act on the Supreme Court decision removing Marinduque Rep. Regina Reyes from her post and installing
her rival, former Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.
The SC granted Velasco’s petition for mandamus ordering Belmonte to administer the oath of Velasco—son of Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco—as the duly elected representative of Marinduque.
Both Reyes and Pichay are members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).