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SAN PEDRO, Laguna—The elections will be held in two months, but rival factions in Imus City in Cavite are still warring over who’s the rightful mayor since the election of 2010.

The seating mayor, Emmanuel Maliksi, is refusing to return the office to the ousted mayor, Homer Saquilayan, despite an order from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Cavite Election Supervisor Arnulfo Pio Quinto on Monday went to the Mayor’s Office to serve the Comelec order reinstating Saquilayan, a member of the Nacionalista Party, who was forced to relinquish the post in December 2011 after the Imus Regional Trial Court acted favorably on Maliksi’s election protest.

However, the Supreme Court last week issued a decision declaring Saquilayan the duly elected mayor in 2010.

“Governor (Juanito Victor) Remulla stepped in and with the Comelec supervisor, they served the order at the mayor’s office but (Maliksi) locked himself inside the office,” Saquilayan said in a phone interview.

About a hundred policemen and members of the city’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team barricaded the front lawn of the municipal building, according to Saquilayan.

Maliksi’s supporters, most of them in yellow, had been holding a vigil at the municipal hall grounds since Sunday evening, Saquilayan said.

Maliksi is the son of incumbent Imus Rep. Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi, who is running for governor of Cavite under the administration Liberal Party.

“(Maliksi) refused to come out so the Comelec supervisor just taped the 15-page order outside the door (of the mayor’s office),” Remulla said in a separate phone interview.

Saquilayan himself said he waited in his car while the Comelec official served the notice.

But when he learned that Maliksi refused to vacate the office, he decided to take his oath as mayor under a mango tree at the Our Lady of Pillar Cathedral located near the city plaza.

Saquilayan said his supporters, who wore red on Monday, were assembled at the cathedral grounds and left at about 3 p.m.

“It’s just one seat. I’m willing to hold my office even by the roadside as long as the people know that I’m the mayor,” Saquilayan said.

Maliksi assailed the Comelec’s implementation of the order, saying that the directive that he vacate the office was “irregular.”

“It’s irregular because the order should have come from the court of origin (the Imus RTC) and should have been served by the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government),” Maliksi said in a phone interview.

He said he could not be forced out of office since he had asked the Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider its ruling declaring Saquilayan the duly elected mayor.

Maliksi said the legal action that he took with the SC, “should have prevented the tension (this afternoon).”

Maliksi also criticized Remulla’s involvement in the dispute.

“The governor’s action was so unbecoming. He took the law into his own hands when he climbed over the (city hall) gate and forced himself inside. Some of our supporters were even hurt,” Maliksi said.

Remulla, for his part, said that Maliksi’s camp “was trying to show they are above the law.”

Saquilayan said he planned to come back Tuesday hoping “(Maliksi) would change his mind and vacate the office.”

Maliksi, however, appeared to be unwilling to give up the post anytime soon. Asked if he intended to spend the night inside city hall, he declared: “Why not? I am still the mayor.”

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  • siJuanDalandan

    Sa Pilipinas talaga, makakapal ang mukha ng mga pulitiko natin. Kahit naglabas na ng desisyon ang Korte Suprema tungkol sa isyu, kapit-tuko pa rin sa pwesto. Walang delicadeza.

    • jack_bagbaga2011

      kung yon amo niyang nakaupo sa palasyo ay hindi nga sumusunod sa SC, siya pa!

  • Noel

    It’s becoming a habit of our politicians to disobey court orders and shamelessly hold on to their positions. What happens to Cebu’s Gwen Garcia now? After all the fiasco, we have not heard of the situation there anymore.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GLLLMBSX5AMH3KQSHIIRQQYRGM milo go

      I have a solution for that. For every day they are not in compliance with the law there should be a monetary penalty that will hit their pocket book and bank account including confiscation of real estate property

      • tarikan

        It won’t work. They will just appeal, appeal ad infinitum until kingdom come. The government agencies have no teeth, bungal kaya hindi makakagat. That’s the norm sadly for the Philippines. Magagaling laang magpatawag ang mga opisyales ng gobyerno ng HONORABLE pero very, very dishonorable. At best incompetent.

      • Hipolito Taday II

        mga kapit tuko sa puwesto… yaan ang mga TRAPO na Politician sa Pinas na gustong gusto naman ng mga mamayan…

      • nakawan

        Crazy idea– maybe they should arrest them since they’re technically in breach of constitutional law?

    • leop23

      dapat pag may order na ng supreme court, automatic na may arrest order ang mga politikong away umalis ng pwesto. Lagi na lang ganyan, gaya gaya na tuloy. meron pa nga inabot ng 3 months bago umalis diba??

    • Don Dee

      She got locked out of her office! Comical end to her temper tantrum.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    This is no different from what happened in Cebu to Gwendolyn Garcia. Bakit hindi kumilos si DILG Sec. Mar Roxas? Bakit kinakampihan niya ang mga Maliksi?

    • ewankosayo

      partymate…

    • popeyee

      KKK kasi..

  • Maldi2

    Now I understand why it’s more fun in the Philippines! WTF!

  • victor1052

    Maliksi, kapalin mo ang mukha mo. Hindi ka nagiisa! Andiyan si gordon, garcia at marami pa. gusto maging presidente, senador, governor atbp na pawang kasing kapal mukha mo.

    • patintera

      Kapal talaga. Liberal eh. Lakas ng loob.

      • rbrtsmith

        isn’t this also the case of UNA’s gwen garcia? the critics says harrasment, and on maliksi’s case kapal..

  • Hey_Dudes

    Aalis pa ba yan e nakatikim na ng mantika sa bibig?

  • Loggnat

    The Liberal Party leaders if not the president himself should forcefully advice Maliksi to vacate and follow the COMELEC’s decision. It will not only distract the Liberal party’s focus to the task at hand which is to campaign for the next election and the mayor’s action is contrary to the president’s platform of Daang Matuwid which includes following the COMELEC’s order for him to vacate the mayor’s seat of Imus.

    • kismaytami

      I doubt the Malacanang resident would do that to his partymates. Have you heard of any of his KKK buddies and/or partymates being slammed with his iron fist and unlawful manipulations aside from his political enemies?

    • Hipolito Taday II

      Yun yun eh…. kosa kasi nya si P-Noy na Abnoy.

    • nakawan

      Have to agree with this one. Inasmuch as I’m a huge fan of the accomplishments of this administration, PNoy should show political leadership and urge this dingleberry to just pop out of the sphincter that is Imus City Hall and into the bowl for flushing.

  • Ping Gonzales

    Dito sa pinas ay walang galang ang mga tao sa batas aywan kung bakit isa nalang dito iyon cong. sa Dinagat island sa Surigao o ano nga palang balita doon sumuko ba romusipeto ba sa batas at harapin ang kaso niya? kaya natularan na rin ng ibang politico

  • kismaytami

    I wish mapadaan ang mga Comelec commissioners sa Imus. Mabubusog ang mga mata nila sa mga poster ng LP candidates (katulad ni maliksi) sa kahabaan ng Aguinaldo Highway na sa mismong mga poste ng kuryente pa nakasabit. Nawa’y masampolan ng disqualification itong mga baboy na kandidato ng LP sa pambababoy sa ating mga kalsada.

    • leop23

      Naku sir/mam sa manila kahit saan nagkalat ang mga posters ng mga kandidato. Wala kasi pang na didisqualify e. Kung meron natanggal sigurado yan, tatanggalin nila yan.

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    Ang pulitika nga naman…. Only in the Philippines. Ang dami kasing palusot na pueding gamitin.

    Iyan ang problema sa sobra-sobrang laws at sobrang lawyers din.

  • brunogiordano

    ““Governor (Juanito Victor) Remulla stepped in and with the Comelec supervisor, they served the order at the mayor’s office but (Maliksi) locked himself inside the office,” Saquilayan said in a phone interview.”

    Magkulong siya sa kuarto niya hanggang gusto niya.

    Marami naman kuarto na maaaring gamitin ng legal na mayor.

    Problema ba iyon????

    • Kairosphil

      Korek.. just like what the v-gov of cebu did…

    • leop23

      Tanggalan ng kuryente ung kwarto

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    Teka diba Supreme Court na yung nagsabi na umalis na sya..hahaha… bat kapit tuko pa din..nakakahiya

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    It is like watching monkeys perform tricks at the circus. Our whole political system is a joke.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRBW2RJR4WNWVIDZVSCLFQK4KQ Spike

    mga putragis na walang kwentang pulitiko makarma sana kayo at magka aids mga anak niyo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    kasalanan ni GMA yan, tuta niya yang pareho… yun sabi ni pnoy

  • tarikan

    Decision ng Supreme Court si Saquilan ang legal na mayor ng Imus at may order na ang Comelec na i-vacate ni Maliksi ang city hall pero walang magawa ang Comelec at Supreme Court? Anong merung otoridad ang Pilipinas, ayaw sundin? Si Gwen Garcia nagkulong din sa capitolyo. Mga influential personalities na may kaso nagtatago at hindi maabot ng hustisya. Anong klaseng pag-gogobyerno ito sa Pilipinas, palakasan, pakapalan ng hiya, patapangan (PPP?). Maigue pa sa bayan ni Baruk.

    • Hipolito Taday II

      hehehe, kahit nga ang Presidente ng Pilipinas yan din ang tanong nya sa kanyang sarili eh….

  • kilabot

    time to disband the sc.
    it’s useless, nobody follows it;
    it has become the fad to defy the sc starting with delima;
    waste of taxpayer money to continue with this irrelevant and inutile institution.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    Mayor alis na ng wala ng trouble..inutos na ng supreme court kaya sumunod na kayo! Huwag nating paguluhin ang ating bayan. …intindihin na lang natin ang kapakanan ng mamamayan.

    • popeyee

      di pa yata kasi tapos ma-shred yong mga evidence against him..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OGNBATQP6PD7MV7P6GPSPW7PSQ Tommy

    Ang mga pulitiko natin talaga matigas ang mga ulo at masuwayin sa batas simula sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa bansa hanggang baranggay kagawad hindi sumusunod sa Supreme Court lalo na kung hindi kaalyado ang kalaban.

    Malakas ang loob ng mga maliksi na yan Liberal Party ata yan.

    Sanay talaga sumuway ng batas ang mga yan may pinagmanahan..

  • siegfeil

    Kapit tuko, eh umalis ka na sobrang yaman mo na Maliksi!!!!Bigyan mo naman nang konting laman nung barrel si Siquilayan…..

  • patrickinca

    Politicians who doesn’t wanna follow the SC should be sent to prison! Use Maliksi to set an example.

  • Asean

    Shameless, typical Philippine political demons and trapos….The Supreme Court must step in and address it.

  • Dancing Bear

    ahh politics. A mayors salary – is it really worth all the cost of going to court or spend tens of millions to become a “public servant”? I can’t imagine why.

  • Cardinal Sin

    Why didn’t the SWAT team break down the door? At the very least, they should’ve sent a locksmith to open the door. Then arrest Maliksi and send him to Mindanao so that the Abu Sayaff can behead him. You can also send him to Saudi for beheading, or you can send him to China where he will be executed by firing squad immediately. Justice is so bald in the Philippines because it’s run by Uncle Sam’s bald-headed Philippine gay lover who wears a yellow ribbon.

  • malek_abdul

    Why can’t politicians accept defeat? Maliksi is doing a Gwen Garcia. Its now becoming a trend in Philippine politics. Was it the PCOS machine used in counting ballots? How come nagkaroon pa ng ganitong problema? Marumi talaga ang pulitika sa Pinas. Nakakahiya kayo. Pweeeh!!!

    • Kairosphil

      Clean up muna… baka may madatnan na basura ang papalit!

  • dodong1

    HINDI TALAGA MATANGGAP NG PINOY ANG PAGKATALO SA POLITIKA…DAPAT MAGING MALIKSI ANG PAG ALIS PAG TALO…..

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_two_cents

    The solution is to bar from future public office, for life, any and all who refuse to follow the SC and Comelec. He may have 2 months left, sleeping in the Mayor’s office, but he would be barred from ever running again.

    As for the police – they are taking a big risk with the elections coming up. If they continue to be partisan, they can expect to be out of a job if a new mayor is elected.

  • speedstream2

    Told you, just about every Tom, Dick and Harry now defies lawful orders and established authorities. Are we now a banana republic?

  • farmerpo

    ‘About a hundred policemen and members of the city’s Special Weapons and
    Tactics Team barricaded the front lawn of the municipal building,
    according to Saquilayan.’

    What can the PNP say about this? This is mutinous by all appearances. Money still talks bossing from malacanang.

  • eltee mulawin

    >>>GIinoong Emmanuel Maliksi, sa simula palang marami ng namangha kung bakit naging Mayor ka? Wala ka rin palang alam kundi ngawa tulad ng Dilawan Lider ninyo si Nguyngoy.

    >>>nais no Emmanuel Maliksi manggaling ang order mula sa Imus RTC na naging favor sa kanya noon,kya nariyan ka sa City Hall.

    >>>ANAK KA NG TETENG !!! GUSTO MO PA YATANG MAGPROTESTA ANG IMUS RTC SA NAPAGPASYAHAN NG KORTE SUPREMA AT UTOS NG COMELEC? KARBON KAPI KA TALAGA NI NGUYNGOY ANG STYLE MONG BULOK NA AYAW KILALANIN ANG KAPANGYARIHAN NG KATAAS-TAASAN HUKUMAN. BWA KA NAMO TALAGA !!!

  • $8278216

    Wala na talaga sa pilipinas, order ng pinakamataas na Corte ng sambayanan hinde sinusunod ng mga BABOY na mga politico, ganyan na ba ang pagpapatakbo sa batas ng bayan? e mag sipag resign na SC justices kung hinde ito mapatupad. CAMOTE RIPUBLIC NA ANG ITAWAG SA PILIPINAS.

  • JohnDoeGB

    LP itong si Maliksi diba? Bakit walang comment si PNoy, Mar Roxas, at mga Presidential Spokesmen/woman? Talaga naman. Pag-taga-ibang partido halos araw2x magcocomment ng napaka-vile pero sa kapartido nila parang walang nangyari… tikom lang ang bibig. Mahiya naman kayo. Maging patas na man kayo sa lahat.

  • Quality1

    Mr Roxas..umaksyon a na agad..huwag nang padyak….Show them na walang kapartido kung wala sa tuwid na daan.

  • JMbilisyos

    hay ang kakapal talaga!
    onli in da pilipins!

  • Kairosphil

    GWEN GARCIA- STYLE! NILILINIS MUNA ANG BASURA BAGO AALIS SA PWESTO!

  • Kairosphil

    Maliksi, however, appeared to be unwilling to give up the post anytime soon. Asked if he intended to spend the night inside city hall, he declared: “Why not? I am still the mayor.”–KAPAL MO! KANINO KA BA NAGMANA? IGALANG MO ANG BATAS…

  • Ryan_The_Great83

    Walang natalong pulitiko sa Pilipinas puro panalo. Kapag natalo sasabihin dinaya lng..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Naks, style ni Binay.

  • libraocto

    Paano iseserve ng DILG ang court order eh pareho silang kulay Dilaw… nakakahiya naman, magkakasama sa iisang partido… Hoy meyor kunting delikadesa naman… ang kabitenyo dapat marangal at tumatanggap ng katwiran….nakakahiya!!!!!

  • Pio Gante

    gaya gaya puto maya

  • julieboy

    No body follow rules anymore in Philippine politics.What a sad state of affairs.

  • richard ortega

    have some pride mayor do what the trapos cannot do, obey the law and step down. for the better of you and your family, political party.

  • richard ortega

    obey the law and you will be happy! do what most trapos cannot do step down… do something good for your political party

  • maypakialamtayo

    kasi naman inumpisahan ni de lima yan nang hindi niya sinunod yung tro ng SC, ayan tuloy nagsunuran na.

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ Jose Paman

    Ano to style RemullaMuda !!!!! Patapangan at pakapalan na ang labanan. Di nmn sya dapat magserve ng order. Yan resulta ng “Political Dynasty”- Isang probinsya pag-aari ng buong pamilya…. STOP na sana natin ang pagboto sa magkakamag-anak

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    There’s a trend in Philippine politics this century ‘never give up power’. Politicians usually lock themselves in their former “house of glory” ( Malacanang, municipal halls) until forced to step down or physically removed by police,sheriff or army. “Kapit-tuko”

    • WeAry_Bat

      Coupled with the trend of ignorance when confronted that their pork barrels went to front companies, or their recommendations were wrong. “Wala akong alam.”

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    kung si pnoy nga hindi sumususnod sa SC si maliksi pa?

  • jpastor

    ganti ganti lang yan.

  • jpastor

    POLiTUKU!

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