SC pressed to lift TRO in favor of Imus mayor

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 26 2013 01:22 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2013 09:22 PM

MANILA - At least around 200 supporters of Cavite politician Homer Saquilayan staged a rally at the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday morning, in time for the high court's regular weekly en banc session.

They urged the high court to seek the lifting of a temporary restraining order (TRO) that is preventing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from unseating his 2010 Imus, Cavite mayoralty rival and reelectionist Emmanuel Maliksi.

Saquilayan also came and participated in the protest, accompanied by his lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio.

Maliksi, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, filed a petition questioning the Comelec ruling after the poll body's revision of votes turned out in favor of Saquilayan.

The Comelec resolution, dated Aug. 15, reversed the decision of the Imus Trial Court that annulled Saquilayan's proclamation as mayor.

Maliksi filed a petition with the high court on Oct. 2, with application for issuance of a TRO.

Maliksi and Saquilayan have both filed their respective certificates of candidacy and will again face off in the 2013 polls for the Imus mayoralty post.