Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes Jr. today announced that the poll body’s 1st Division resolved to disqualify incumbent Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon “E.R.” Ejercito for campaign overspending.
Brillantes told reporters that Ejercito spent over P6 Million in television advertisement alone. As candidate for the Province of Laguna, Brillantes stressed that Ejercito is only allowed to spend the total amount of P4.5 Million for his entire campaign for the May 13, 2013 national and Local Elections.
The Province of Laguna has a total of 1,525,522 registered voters for the May 13, 2013 Elections.
To recall, the COMELEC on January 15, 2013 promulgated Resolution No. 9615, stating among others, the authorized expenses of candidates and political parties.
Section 5 of COMELEC Resolution No. 9615 or the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9006 otherwise known as the ‘Fair Elections Act’ in connection with the May 13, 2013 elections, states that the aggregate amount that a candidate or party may spend for election campaign shall be “three pesos (P3.00) for every voter currently registered in the constituency where the candidate filed his certificate of candidacy.”
The COMELEC Chairman said the poll body’s order disqualifying an elected Provincial Official shows the COMELEC’s resolve to level the playing field in the electoral process.
“Hindi po kami nagbibiro,” the COMELEC Chief said, adding that the poll body is readying several other election offense cases against erring candidates.
Brillantes however, noted that respondent Ejercito still has five (5) days to file a Motion for Reconsideration before the COMELEC.
For the May 13, 2013 elections, Ejercito garnered a total of 549,310 votes and was proclaimed by the COMELEC on May 17, 2013. ###