THE Supreme Court affirmed a Commission on Elections decision unseating Vice Mayor Romeo Ramos of Cavite City.
In a full court ruling signed by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the High Court dismissed the petition for certiorari filed by Ramos against the Comelec and his rival, Dhino Carlo Chua, for being moot and academic as the contested term of office had expired.
Ramos and Chua were among the several candidates who vied for the position of vice mayor of Cavite City during the May 14, 2007 midterm elections.
Ramos was proclaimed winner, but the Comelec unseated him and declared Chua as the rightful winner.
The poll body ruled that Chua got 14,648 votes against the 14,100 votes of Ramos and the latter was ordered to cease and desist from performing his functions as vice mayor and to vacate the office in favor of the former.
Ramos filed several pleas but he did not receive favorable verdicts, which prompted him to elevate the case to the high tribunal.
In junking his petition, the court held that there was no longer any practical value in still deciding the appeal of the merits.
“The expiration by noon of June 30, 2010, of the term of office involved in the election protest was a supervening event that rendered the petition moot and academic,” the ruling stated.