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Pwedeng tumakbo! SC junks disqualification case vs. Camarines Norte gov Tallado

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Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado has managed to secure his post after the Supreme Court (SC) junked the ruling of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) which disqualified him to run in last May’s elections.

“In a decision penned by Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, the Court En Banc overturned the COMELEC’s decision disqualifying Tallado to run in the gubernatorial race,” the SC said in a statement.

Prior the ruling, Tallado managed to secure from the SC a Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO) which allowed him to run in the 2019 gubernatorial race.

In coming up with the ruling, the SC’s magistrates voted 8-6 to grant the petition of Tallado during its full court session held last Tuesday (Sept. 10).

Those who concurred with Bersamin are Justices Diosdado Peralta, Alexander Gesmundo, Andres Reyes, Jr., Jose C. Reyes, Jr., Amy Lazaro-Javier, Henry Jean Paul Inting, and Rodil Zalameda.

While, those who dissented are Justices Francis Jardeleza dissented, Antonio. Carpio, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, and Rosmari Carandang.

The COMELEC disqualified Tallado after ruling that he has already served three-terms as governor.

However, 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.

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