ER Ejercito fights his place as Laguna governor | Politics News

ER Ejercito fights his place as Laguna governor

Ejected  Laguna Governor ER Ejercito on Tuesda challenged  a Commission on Elections (Comelec) order, he declined the ruling to step down from his post.

Ejercito gave  speech to his supporters at the provincial capitol, Ejercito insited  he will stay "forever" as legitimate governor of Laguna.

"Ako ay mananatiling lehitimong gobernador ng Laguna ngayon at magpakailanman," he said.

The Comelec earlier released an order stating that the Ejercito should  vacate his post after he was charged  guilty of campaign overspending in  the 2013 midterm elections. Ejercito  lashed out at the poll body and Malacañang.

"Binaboy at binastos ng Comelec at Malacañang ang 550,000 votes," he said. "I want to make it clear to Malacanang and to Comelec, I will not abandon the mandate of the people of Laguna!"

He added that  the Palace has something to do with his ouster.

"Pilit po akong inaalis ng Malakanyang sa pwesto dahil hindi ako bahagi ng LP [Liberal Party]," Ejercito said. "Hindi na inirerespeto ng Malakanyang ang rule of law."

He said that he will still governor of the province even if  Vice-Governor Ramil Hernandez  took an oath  on Tuesday as Laguna provincial government head.

Hernandez took his oath at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila.

Ejercito pointed that the order of  Comelec was not yet final and executory. He added that he still has a one-month period to have the ruling quashed by the Supreme Court.

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