Erap visits ER Ejercito at Laguna capitol

Posted at 05/30/14 10:39 AM

MANILA – Former president and now Manila Joseph "Erap" Estrada on Friday visited his nephew, unseated Laguna governor ER Ejercito, at the provincial capitol.

Journalists were not allowed to go inside the Governor's Office at the capitol, where Ejercito remains holed up even though a new governor has already been sworn in.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc earlier voted unanimously to disqualify Ejercito for overspending in the 2013 elections.

Comelec records showed Ejercito spent P23.5 million during the campaign, way beyond his authorized campaign limit of P4.5 million or P3 each for 1,525,522 voters.

Laguna's vice-governor Ramil Hernandez of the Nacionalista Party took over the gubernatorial post after Ejercito failed to get a halt order from the Supreme Court on the disqualification order.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has since served the writ of execution for the unseated governor.

Ejercito believes his right to due process was violated and insisted on waiting for the high court's decision on his appeal.

The SC did not issue a halt order but instead asked the poll body to comment on Ejercito's petition before making a decision.

In his petition, Ejercito said the Comelec went beyond its duty since the complaint against him was only for initiation of criminal proceedings for violating election laws, particularly election overspending.

Earlier in a speech in front of his supporters in front of the capitol, an emotional Ejercito said he is Laguna's governor ''ngayon at magpakailanman (now and forever)."