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Allowing Camarines Norte Gov Tallado to serve 4 terms wrong, petitioner tells SC

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The Supreme Court (SC) has been accused of making a dangerous precedent in junking the disqualification case against Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado.

This was pointed out by lawyer Archim Yanto who sought Tallado’s disqualification before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) but was eventually overturned by the SC.

“The message of this decision is very clear. You can commit any wrongdoing and even have yourself dismissed by the Ombudsman and still rewarded with a fresh term of office,” he said in a statement.

The SC issued a ruling which junked the order of the Comelec which disqualified Tallado to run in this year’s gubernatorial polls because this would be his fourth consecutive term which is not allowed under the law.

Tallado pointed out his third term was disrupted when he got dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman in 2015 but got reinstated only in 2018.

While the case was pending before the SC, the high court issued a Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO) which allowed Tallado to run and eventually win.

Yanto stressed the SC ruling is contrary to past rulings of the high court.

“This ruling is a reset button for anyone who wants to seek a fourth, a fifth or even a sixth term of office. One can simply file a case to secure a suspension or even dismissal to be able to run again even after completing three terms in office. That’s really absurd…,” he lamented.

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