Maliksi insists he is still Imus mayor
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MANILA - Emmanuel Maliksi on Monday insisted that he is still mayor of Imus, Cavite, despite the Supreme Court declaring his erstwhile rival in the May 2010 mayoralty race, Homer Saquilayan, as the duly-elected city mayor.
Maliksi, who belongs to the administration's Liberal Party (LP), told ANC that his motion of reconsideration is still pending before the high court.
The high tribunal, voting 8-7, earlier dismissed Maliksi's petition and affirmed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolutions declaring Saquilayan as the duly-elected mayor of Imus in the 2010 election.
"Iyung ating mga supporters ang kasama natin dito. Tayo pa rin naman po ang mayor," Maliksi said.
He said he is still at the Imus City Hall.
He also criticized Saquilayan's move to assume the mayor's seat following the Supreme Court decision.
"Ang ginawa nilang pagpasok dito ay illegal. Wala pa silang hawak na recognition from DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government)," he claimed.
Maliksi also took a potshot at the high court's decision.
"Itong ginagawa nila nagdudulot ng kaguluhan. Dalawang buwan na lang botohan na, bakit di pa hintayin para malaman sino karapat-dapat maupo?" he said.
Maliksi and Saquilayan have both filed their respective certificates of candidacy and will again face off in the 2013 polls for the Imus mayoralty post.
Saquilayan, in a separate interview with ANC, said he is only following the rule of the law.
"Hindi maiaalis na mag-file sila ng motion for reconsideration pero dapat nila intindihin na iupo na ako," he said.
He added that barricades set up by Maliksi's supporters are affecting the city government's services.
"Hindi normal ang takbo ng transaksyon sa munisipyo dahil nagbarikada ang supporters ni Maliksi at napapaligiran ng mga pulis," he said.
Saquilayan said he has also ordered his own supporters to stand down and go home.
"Pinauwi ko na po yung aking mga supporters. Hindi ko po alam kung nandoon pa po sila (Maliksi's supporters) sa City Hall," he said.