Ejercito warned vs disobeying order to vacate office

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


OUSTED Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito may face several cases if he continues to refuse to vacate his position, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the possible cases would be contempt and usurpation of authority if he continues to function as governor despite the installation of Vice Governor Ramil Hernandez as his replacement.

"The legitimate government can file charges if he continues to sign documents, among others," Brillantes added.

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Hernandez was sworn into office by the Comelec on Tuesday after the latter issued a writ of execution for the implementation of the resolution disqualifying Ejercito for overspending during his campaign in the 2013 polls.

The writ was served on Wednesday but Ejercito refused to leave his post, saying he does not want to abandon the 550,000 people who for him in the last elections.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) deployed more than 100 policemen in the capitol and its immediate periphery to ensure peace and order.

“Hindi namin binuhos lahat doon because there are other concerns within Laguna that also should be addressed,” said PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac. (FP/Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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