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SC orders COMELEC to comment on petition of ex-Gov. Rosal

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (Dec. 6) ordered the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and private individual Joseph San Juan Armoglia to comment on the petition of former Albay Governor Noel Rosal who sought to void the poll body’s ruling that disqualified him from running in the last May 9 elections.

The SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) said the tribunal “required the COMELEC and Armoglia to file their respective comments on the following within 10 days from actual receipt of written notice.”

“In the Petition, Rosal prayed for the Court to, among others, issue a status quo warranto order, temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction maintaining the status quo by allowing him to continue holding office as the Governor of the Province of Albay and to discharge his functions as such, and enjoining the COMELEC from executing or enforcing its Resolutions dated September 19, 2022 and November 18, 2022,” the SCPIO explained.

Rosal got unseated as governor following the COMELEC en banc resolution dated Nov. 18 that upheld the COMELEC First Division ruling that disqualified him to run for the seat of governor.

The COMELEC acted on the petition for disqualification filed by Armoglia.

COMELEC Spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco earlier explained the COMELEC “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.”

Due to his removal, Albay Vice Governor Edcel Alexander Greco Lagman assumed as the new governor.

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