Supreme Court affirms ouster of Tawi-Tawi mayor

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THE Supreme Court has affirmed the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cancel the certificate of candidacy of a town mayor who won during the May 13, 2013 elections.

In a ruling dated April 22, 2014, the High Court denied the petition of Gamal S. Hayudini of South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi to disregard the Comelec’s ruling that he was not a resident of the town where he ran for municipal mayor.

Hayudini filed his candidacy for mayor in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on October 5, 2012. But 10 days later, Mustapha J. Omar filed a petition to deny due course or cancel Hayudini’s candidacy.

Hayudini won and was proclaimed and consequently took his oath of office.


But on June 20, 2013, the Comelec Second Division issued a resolution granting Omar’s petition. Hayudini sought reconsideration with the Comelec en banc but it denied his appeal, prompting him to elevate his case to the High Court.

“The Comelec Resolutions dated June 20, 2013 and July 10, 2013 are hereby affirmed. No pronouncement as to costs,” the SC ruling read.

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