SC upholds disqualification of Laguna Governor Ejercito
MANILA, Philippines – Voting unanimously, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, November 25, upheld the disqualification of Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon "ER" Ejercito for overspending during the 2013 election.
The first division of the Commission on Election (Comelec) disqualified Ejercito on September 26, 2013, for campaign overspending. Acting on a complaint by losing gubernatorial candidate Edgar San Luis, the poll body found that Ejercito spent over P6 million on television advertisements alone.
Allowed to spend only P4.5 million for his campaign – based on the rule of P3 per registered voter under the Fair Elections Act – Ejercito reported expenses of P6 million in political advertisements alone.
Laguna had 1,525,522 registered voters for the May 2013 elections.
Ejercito elevated the case to the SC and refused to leave the capitol despite the Comelec order on May 21 for him to step down.
He only left the building on May 28 after his uncle, former President Joseph Estrada, urged him to honor the writ of execution that the Department of the Interior and Local Government served to install his vice governor, Ramil Hernandez, as the new governor. – Rappler.com