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3-term Gov Tallado appeals DQ on re-election

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Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to reverse its decision, cancelling his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) to seek re-election in the May 13 mid-term polls.

In his motion for reconsideration (MR) filed on Tuesday, Tallado argued that he is qualified to run for his third term as governor as it was twice disrupted in 2016 and 2018.

“As can be gleaned from the foregoing, respondent was ousted from the Office of Governor in two instances during his third term by reason of his dismissal from service or removal from office,” Tallado’s MR read.

“While supervening events may have allowed him to return to his post, these do not change the fact that there were instances of involuntary interruption of term, however brief, which precludes the application of the three-term limit rule to respondent, who for all intents and purposes, is entitled to a fresh term if he wins in the upcoming May 13 mid-term polls,” it said.

Tallado was first ousted from November 8 to December 30 in 2016 after the Office of the Ombudsman found him liable for grave misconduct and abuse of authority.

The Ombudsman, for the second time, found him guilty of an administrative case, suspending him from March 15 to October 29 last year.

In both cases, the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Tallado, allowing him to return to his post.

Tallado’s camp also claimed that the local official stepped down from office and vacated the post.

During Tallado’s absence, Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel assumed the gubernatorial post, the governor’s MR read.

“(This) dismissal from office, which resulted in respondent’s absence from the position of Governor, and the occupancy of the same by the duly designated successor, was an involuntary term interruption, no matter how brief such break in his service as Governor of Camarines Norte was,” it added.

On March 29, the Comelec 1st Division ruled that Tallado had already
served three consecutive terms, making him ineligible to run in the
upcoming elections. (PNA)

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