SC junks ER Ejercito son's plea to remove name from ballot

THE Supreme Court (SC) dismissed Tuesday a petition filed by a former gubernatorial candidate in Laguna that seeks to annul the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) earlier ruling that denied his request to have his name deleted from the official ballot last May 9 elections.

The high court junked the petition for certiorari filed by Jorge Antonio Ejercito, the son of ousted Laguna governor ER Ejercito.

According to the SC en banc, Ejercito's petition was moot and academic as the elections were already held with his name printed on the ballot.

"The petition now presents a moot question and resolving the same would result in the court rendering an Advisory Opinion, which the court is proscribed from doing. Furthermore, the court found nothing to justify an exception to the rule on moot and academic questions," the decision states.

On March 28, the younger Ejercito sought the help of the SC to have his name removed from the official ballots in Laguna for the May 9 polls.

This was after the Comelec in a minute resolution promulgated on March 1 denied Ejercito's request.

The younger Ejercito wanted his name deleted to give way for his father who was seeking to reclaim his former position. The older Ejercito won Laguna's gubernatorial race in 2013, but was eventually disqualified due to campaign overspending.

He and his father both filed their certificate candidacy for Laguna governor, he as an independent candidate and his father under the United Nationalist Alliance slate.

The younger Ejercito in his petition claimed that the Comelec's refusal to order the deletion of his name is grave abuse of discretion for being discriminatory.

The court took no action on petitioner's application for temporary injunctive relief as to the effects of the Comelec's minute resolution.

The May 9 elections were held with Ejercito's name in the ballots.

None of the Ejercitos had won.

Incumbent Laguna governor Ramil Hernandez was proclaimed as winner in the gubernatorial race. (Sunnex)
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