SC affirms with finality Mendoza as Bulacan governor
By Dateline Philippines
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed with finality its ruling on the petition filed by Bulacan governor Joselito “Jon-jon” Mendoza that sought to prevent the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from ousting him from his post.
At a press briefing, Court Administrator and SC spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said Mendoza’s political rival and former Agrarian Reform secretary Roberto “Obet” Pagdangan failed to raise new issues that would warrant the reversal of its ruling issued last March 23.
“The motion for reconsideration has been denied with finality the basic issues has been passed upon and there being no substantial arguments presented in the MR,” Marquez said.
In its March 23 ruling, the Court nullified the resolutions issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ordering Mendoza to vacate his post after declaring Pagdanganan as the duly-elected governor of the province.
The Court earlier held that the Comelec en banc committed grave abuse of discretion in ousting Mendoza from his post.
The Comelec en banc, voting 3-3-1, denied Mendoza’s motion for reconsideration last March 5 and granted Pagdanganan’s motion for immediate execution of the decision of the second division installing him as Bulacan’s governor.