SC junks motion for reconsideration on Antique guv's ouster

THE Supreme Court (SC) denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Commission on Elections (Comelec) against the court's earlier ruling on the ouster of former Antique governor Exequiel Javier.

The SC, in its last en banc session, decided against Comelec's motion of reconsideration, questioning the high court's reversal of its January 2015 decision on Javier's case.

The high court granted Javier's petition for certiorari against the earlier ruling of the Comelec to disqualify him and annul his proclamation in 2013 on January 12, 2016.

The court ruled that the denial be effective immediately.

The Comelec en banc earlier voted to disqualify Javier and annul his proclamation in 2013 on the basis of "coercion of subordinates."

Javier suspended Valderrama town mayor Mary Joyce Roquero, a political rival, in January 2013.

Suspending any elective official during the election period without prior approval of the Comelec is prohibited under the Omnibus Election Code (OEC).

Vice Governor Rhodora Cadiao replaced Javier, following the rules on vacancies and succession under the Local Government Code.

Both Cadiao and Javier are running for governor in the May 2016 elections. (Sunnex)

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