Comelec installs new Laguna governor

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) installed on Tuesday Vice Governor Ramil Hernandez as Laguna governor, replacing Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito who failed to secure an injunction from the Supreme Court (SC) that would have blocked his ouster for alleged campaign overspending.

Hernandez took his oath of office before Commissioner Elias Yusoph in a simple ceremony with his family at the session hall of the Comelec head office in Manila.

“Technically, Laguna has no governor. So I need to take my oath so that operation and service in the province will continue,” he said.

Asked about his message to Ejercito, Hernandez said that he simply wants to have a smooth transition of power.

“I hope there will be a smooth transition since it will be the province that will be affected if otherwise,” he said.

The Comelec ordered the issuance of a writ of execution for the disqualification of Ejercito as Laguna governor and to vacate the provincial capitol after the five-day period to secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the SC had lapsed.

The SC only ordered the respondents Comelec and former Laguna representative Edgar San Luis, Ejercito's rival in the 2013 elections, to comment on the petition within 10 days.

Ejercito was found guilty by the poll body of spending P23.5 million in last year's midterm polls, which is beyond the P4.5-million limit or P3 for each of the 1,525,522 registered voters in Laguna. (FP/Sunnex)

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