Supreme Court orders Comelec to stop disqualification of Lipa City mayor

By on Sep 14, 2010 in Local, Politics Comments

The Supreme Court (SC) finally made a decision, as they ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to stop the disqualification of Meynard Sabili as elected mayor ofLipa City.

As published in Inquirer, The Supreme Court issued a status quo ante order yesterday stopping the Comelec from enforcing its Aug. 17 ruling disqualifying Sabili.

Just last week, Sabili filed a petition at the Supreme Court to stop the Comelec from enforcing an order declaring him as a disqualified candidate for mayor on grounds of residency.

In an 11-page motion filed through his lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Sabili asked the SC to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Comelec.

Sabili argued that Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion when it ordered his disqualification.

He stressed that the poll body ordered his disqualification even after a certification issued by Dominador Honrade, chairman of Barangay Pinagtong-ulan, was presented, to prove that he has been a resident of Lipa City since 2007.

The Comelec resolution came in after the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) of Sabili was canceled due to alleged lack in residency requirements.

Meynardo Sabili was proclaimed winner in the May 10, 2010 elections with 55,268 votes as against the 48,825 votes garnered by his rival, then incumbent Mayor Oscar Gozos.

He took his oath of office as mayor of Lipa City last June 30, 2010.



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