Comelec en banc ousts, disqualifies from May polls incumbent Ilocos town mayor

MARCOS, Ilocos Norte — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to declare former mayor Salvador Pillos as the duly elected mayor of Marcos town in the 2013 elections following an election protest he filed against Arsenio Agustin, the current mayor of this town.

With the proclamation set on March 18, Pillos is expected to perform his duties as the lawful mayor of Marcos town barely a month prior to the upcoming elections.

“Even if it’s just for a limited time, I am happy that finally the truth came out. That he (Agustin) lied to the people when he said he renounced his US citizenship,” Pillos said.

Winda Peralta, municipal election officer, said Pillos will take over the post of Agustin should the latter fail to secure a temporary restraining order.

In a recent decision of the Comelec en banc, Agustin was also disqualified to run in the 2013 elections in view of his dual citizenship as Filipino and American.

In early January, the Supreme Court ordered the Comelec to declare Pillos as the mayor of Marcos, after upholding the disqualification of Agustin.

When asked for comment, Agustin said he has already consulted his lawyers for appropriate action.

In the May 2016 elections, Agustin is running again for mayor of Marcos town while Pillos is running for Vice Mayor. PNA/