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Comelec orders removal of Albay governor Rosal from post

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The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. on Tuesday (Nov. 29) to remove Albay Governor Noel Rosal from his post.

“Nai-serve na po kanina ang ang kopya ng parehong order at maging ang writ of execution sa mga nabanggit na parties, primarily kay Sec. Abalos,” announced COMELEC Spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco during a press conference.

The lawyer said the COMELEC en banc order and writ of execution was issued Nov. 28 after the en banc issued a resolution dated Nov. 18 that upheld the COMELEC First Division ruling that disqualified Rosal from running for the position of provincial governor in the May 9 elections.

Citing the writ of execution, the spokesperson said Abalos was “ to immediately implement the En Banc resolution which affirmed the First Division resolution disqualifying Noel E. Rosal from running for the position of governor of Albay.”

The spokesperson said the writ also told Rosal “to cease and desist from disturbing the powers and functions of the governor of Albay and relinquish that post, vacate that post in favor of the incumbent Vice Governor Edcel Greco Alexander Galman.”

Laudiangco said the office of the provincial vice governor will go “to the highest ranking member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.”

“This is pursuant to the rule of succession under the Local Government Code,” he said about the turnover of the positions of governor and vice governor in the province.

Laudiangco previously said the COMELEC First Division “found Rosal to have violated Section 261(v), OEC (Omnibus Election Code) which prohibited the release, disbursement or expenditure of public funds during the 45-day election ban, and that Rosal’s act of giving cash assistance to tricycles and senior citizens in Legaspi City was without prior authority of the COMELEC as required by law and rules.”

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