Backers decry ouster try on Imus mayor


MANILA, Philippines—Supporters rallied behind Imus, Cavite, Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi on Wednesday after political rivals attempted to serve and enforce the Commission on Elections writ of execution against him, a duty reserved to a court sheriff or a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) official.

In a press conference at the Imus City Hall, Cavite Mayors League president and Rosario Mayor Jose Ricafrente decried what he called the violent manner by which Gov. Juanito Remulla and Partido Magdalo ally and Imus mayoralty contender Homer Saquilayan, accompanied by their supporters, tried to forcibly take over City Hall on the strength of the Supreme Court decision.

Also present during the conference were Ricafrente, Tagaytay Mayor Abraham Tolentino, Rep. Roy Loyola, Naic Mayor Edwina Mendoza, Ternate Mayor Lambert Bambao, Maragondon mayoralty candidate Rey Rillo, Indang mayoralty candidate Lope Tepora and congressional candidate Francis Abaya.

The Supreme Court had reversed a lower court order declaring Maliksi the rightful winner of the last mayoralty race and ousting Saquilayan from city hall. But Maliksi, a Liberal Party member, said the decision was not yet final with his pending motion for reconsideration.

“I assume that he (Remulla) is educated enough to realize that what he did was illegal and not proper for a governor whose duties and powers do not include implementing writs or court orders. When Governor Remulla scaled the walls and broke windows just to enforce that questionable writ, we know that he was doing it purely for politicking,” Ricafrente, a former key ally of Remulla, said in Filipino.

The Cavite leaders said they were considering filing charges against Remulla in the Office of the Ombudsman.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Backers decry ouster try on Imus Mayor Maliksi.
    Backers also decried ouster of Cebu Gov. Garcia.

    The only difference is, DILG Sec. Mar Roxas is not pressing Maliksi to vacate the city hall. No action whatsoever on the part of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas. Ganun na ba ka-obvious ngayon ang selective application of the law?

    • kismaytami

      Kapartido eh… sino bang LP ang naparusahan na?

  • farmerpo

    DILG? meron pa ba noon? Mar roared like a kuting in Pampanga and lost it. Saan na ngayon and DILG?

  • Chloroform

    perhaps the supreme court can write their decisions in a way that it would not need an interpreter, the DILG and comelec should have an established protocol on the steps to be undertaken in case of disputes in the electoral process… para namang mga batang nagkukulong sa kwarto pag hindi nasunod ang gusto…

  • nakatutok

    sabi nga ni ZUBIRI, kung anong INTENSE ng pagpapa-alis nila kay Gov Garcia ng Cebu, e ganun din KATAHIMIK ang gobyernong ito sa pag enforce ng batas…Bakit wala ako marinig kay Mar Roxas???

  • kilabot

    most maliksi backers will be defeated in may,
    tolentino ‘chaos’ of tagaytay,
    bambao ‘child molester’ of ternate,
    are sure losers.

  • Equalizer

    Away kayo ng away mga politiko, samantalang ang kapakanan ng bayan ay napapabayaan ninyo. Tumigil kayo diyan at asikasuhin ninyo mga mamamayan. Puro kaswapangan ang nasa isip ninyo at hindi ang kapakanan ng bayan.

    Ang dami kayang naghihirap at namamatay sa gutom dahil walang trabaho at walang oportunidad. Kayong mga trapo ang laging nasa isip papaano kukurakot sa bayan. Mahiya naman kayo!

  • patrickinca

    I thought it is illegal not to follow the order or the judgement of the supreme court?

  • Cardinal Sin

    The Mayors of Cavite who support the Maliksi monkeys are obviously corrupt themselves and are terrified to be removed from office too. If they are allowed to use monkey spin to stay in office, then you might as well label the Imus City Hall as the City Zoo and the mayor’s office as the cage of Maliksi “the Great and Powerful” baboon. You can then sell tickets to the NPA, MILF, MNLF and Abu Sayaf who might just think of shooting the monkeys just for fun. They might just win some stuffed toys loaded with stolen loot from the Cavite police.

  • Palku Kha

    nasaan na ang ating Presidente,si DILG sec.Roxas? bakit tahimik kayo? dahil ba KKK ang napaalis sa pwesto?ay naku! naging TUWAD NA DAAN na!!!

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