MANILA -- Malacanang will leave the duty of enforcing action to take Bulacan Governor Joselito "Jonjon" Mendoza out of his office to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said since the Comelec released a ruling favoring former governor Roberto Pagdanganan as the winner in 2007 mid-term election it is up to the DILG when to take action upon the instruction of the Comelec.

"There is a legal process that we have to follow, since the Comelec came up with a resolution, let's just wait for the next step of the concerned agency," Ermita said.

The Palace official said that in the normal process, the Comelec will send a letter to the DILG ordering them to lead Mendoza to vacate his post.

Ermita, meanwhile, said that since his last communication with the DILG, the agency has yet to receive an order from the Comelec.

But he furthered that Mendoza should be ready to step down and will not resist the DILG forces as soon as the order is released.

When sought for comment, Mendoza said the battle for his office is not yet over since he will be filing a motion for reconsideration to the Comelec en banc.

The Comelec Second Division on Monday ruled that Pagdanganan was the true winner in Bulacan gubernatorial race winning 4,321 votes over Mendoza. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)