ILOCOS TOWN MAYOR APPEALS TO SUPPORTERS, ‘DON’T PANIC’

ILOCOS TOWN MAYOR APPEALS TO SUPPORTERS, ‘DON’T PANIC’

MARCOS, Ilocos Norte —The local chief executive of this town appealed to his constituents on Monday not to panic as he will continue to serve as mayor until the final court say so.

Proclaimed mayor Arsenio Agustin, who is turning 60 today announced on Monday, January 11, the recent ruling of the Supreme Court regarding a 2013 disqualification case filed against him by losing candidate and former mayor Salvador Pillos is “not yet final and executory.”

Atty. Eric Garvida, legal counsel of Agustin clarified in a press conference held at the Marcos Auditorium on Monday that based on the Supreme Court ruling as stated under page 6, “there is no factual basis to cancel the certificate of candidacy of mayor Agustin.

In view of this, Garvida said the Agustin camp is now preparing a draft motion for reconsideration at the SC, 15 days upon receipt.

Garvida reiterated the ruling must resolve legal issues only.

It may be recalled that Pillos, who lost to Agustin, filed a disqualification case against Agustin, claiming that the Commission on Elections has disqualified Agustin to run in the polls and that a writ of execution was supposedly issued to annul his proclamation.

For his part, Agustin said it was he, not Pillos, who was elected by the people. PNA / northboundasia.com