SC stops Comelec from canceling Tallado candidacy for fourth term
The Supreme Court (SC) has stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from cancelling the candidacy of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado for a fourth consecutive term.
The SC recently issued a status quo ante order (SQAO), which cleared the way for Tallado to continue running and have his votes counted while the case is pending.
The 3-page resolution was signed by Clerk of Court Edgar Aricheta.
Although local government officials can only run for three consecutive terms, Tallado insisted on seeking a fourth term and argued that his tenure was interrupted by his dismissal by the Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman had dismissed Tallado twice, for oppression and grace abuse of authority and later for grave misconduct.
Tallado was thus ousted from 2015 to 2018, even as he won a third term in the 2016 elections. He was only able to come back to office after the Court of Appeals (CA) reversed the Ombudsman’s decisions.
The Comelec ruled that Tallado’s suspension during his second term “merely resulted in his temporary inability or disqualification to exercise the functions of an elective post.” He also “did not lose his right to hold on to his office.”
So far, Tallado is poised to win if ever the SC rules that he is ineligible for a fourth term. As of May 16 evening, the partial and unofficial tally showed him earning 149,753 votes, more than 40,000 votes ahead of challenger Catherine Reyes.