MANILA - Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. is taking up the cudgels for disqualified Laguna Governor ER Ejercito, saying the actual poll results should trump any attempt to remove the latter from office.
"Ganito na ba talaga ang kalakaran ngayon, kapag hindi mo tinalo sa eleksiyon, daanin mo sa diskuwalipikasyon?" he said in a statement.
Revilla said it is clear that the move to oust Ejercito is tainted by politics. "Malinaw na may bahid pulitika at pagiging benggatibo ang pagpapababa sa kanya sa pwesto," he said.
He urged the Supreme Court to "act with fairness, utmost expediency and a strong sense of justice, in appreciating Governor Ejercito's petition before it."
The senator noted that the people of Laguna love Ejercito, which is why he won in the May 2013 elections. He said removing Ejercito from office "goes against the very will of the people of Laguna."
Ejercito won as Laguna governor in the 2013 elections with 549,310 votes.
Revilla said his family suffered the same harassment in the last election because they are not allies of the President.
"Buti na lang at nagtagumpay pa rin ang boses at kagustuhan ng taumbayan, na kanilang pilit binabalewala ngayon. Hindi pa rin nila kami tinitigilan. Talagang desidido sila na pabagsakin ang mga kalaban," he said.
The Commission on Elections en banc earlier voted unanimously to disqualify Ejercito for overspending during the May 2013 elections. Comelec records showed Ejercito spent P23.5 million during the campaign, way beyond his authorized campaign limit of P4.5 million or P3 each for 1,525,522 voters.
Ejercito, however, said he only spent P4.1 million in the last election.