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Governor ER Ejercito Appeals For His Disqualification

Tuesday, October 01, 2013
On Thursday, the First Division of the Commission on Election (Comelec) handed down the decision to disqualify Ejercito for overspending. Comelec said Ejercito spent P6 million in television advertisements alone, well above the P4.5 million he is allowed to spend as a candidate for governor.

According to Ejercito's lawyer Atty. George Garcia the governor's camp only spent P4.1 million on the campaign.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 9615, a candidate can spend only P3 for every registered voter in his constituency. Laguna has around 1.5 million registered voters in the last elections.

Garcia also said the Comelec First Division has no jurisdiction on the disqualification case against Ejercito because the original petition filed last May by Ejercito's rival Edgar San Luis was for an election offense and not a petition for disqualification.

Chairman Sixto Brillantes refused to comment on the appeal, noting that the Comelec en banc will now be looking into the case and would hand down a decision that would be final and executory.

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