The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its decision nullifying the election of Laguna Gov. Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) found him guilty of campaign overspending during the 2013 election.
In its en banc session, the SC denied for lack of merit the motion for reconsideration filed by Ejercito seeking the reversal of its November 25, 2014 decision ousting him as elected governor.
“In the matter of… Emilio Ramon “E.R.” P. Ejercito v. Commission on Elections and Edgar San Luis) the Court denied the motion for reconsideration filed by petitioner Ejercito of its decision dated November 25, 2015 on the ground that the basic issues raised in the motion for reconsideration had already been passed upon and that no substantial new arguments had been raised to merit a consideration,” the high court ruled.
Last May 23, Ejercito asked the SC to nullify the May 1, 2014 resolution of the Comelec as he argued that the poll body committed grave abuse of discretion in disqualifying him from his post considering that there is no formal complaint for disqualification lodged against him.
Ejercito noted that what was filed by San Luis, his political rival from Liberal Party, before the poll body was only for a request to initiate a criminal proceeding for violation of election laws.