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Latest News Philippines: Finally, Alcala is new Lucena mayor – Journal.com.ph:
LUCENA City — After more than two and a half years of waiting, the vice mayor of this city was finally installed yesterday by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as the new mayor after the Supreme Court denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the ousted lady mayor.
Vice Mayor Roderick “Dondon” Alcala took his oath before Judge Joselito Tamaray shortly after the Comelec, represented by Provincial Elections Supervisor Allan Enriquez, served the writ of execution dated Nov. 28, 2012 at the Mayor’s Office and was received by City Legal Officer Ingrid Anne Bermido and her assistant, lawyer Mark Zoleta. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Josefina Castilla-Go witnessed the serving.
Right after the oath- taking, Go confirmed the assumption of Alcala to office replacing ousted Mayor Barbara Talaga, in front of the latter’s supporters and newsmen inside the mayor’s office. She told newsmen that the writ of execution was received by her office Wednesday afternoon.
The High Court earlier unseated the incumbent mayor of this city whose assumption to the post was contested by his losing opponent and by the incumbent vice mayor for being “highly questionable.”
In an en banc resolution last Oct. 9, the high tribunal issued a decision affirming the May 20, 2011 decision of the Commission on Elections en banc that annulled the election and proclamation of Talaga as mayor of Lucena and cancelled the certificate of canvass that declared her as the winner in May 10, 2010 election.
The said Comelec resolution also granted the petition for intervention of Alcala and ordered him to succeed Talaga as provided under Section 44 or the “succession rule” for elected local officials under Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, reversing the earlier the resolution by the Comelec 2nd Division in January 2011 that ruled Talaga’s election as valid and legal.
Last Nov. 6, Talaga filed a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court regarding its Oct. 9 decision unseating her, but the high tribunal junked the motion on Nov. 13.
Topnotch city Councilor Ramil Talaga, youngest son of the Talaga couple, replaced Alcala under the succession rule.
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