BASISTA, Pangasinan - Basista Mayor Manolito De Leon said his camp has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision affirming the Commission of Elections (Comelec) ruling, which found him ineligible to run for public office.
His lawyer filed the motion for reconsideration on December 15, 2015, more than one month after the Supreme Court promulgated its decision.
The Comelec earlier annulled De Leon's proclamation as town mayor after it was found that he used his U.S. passport twice in in 2011 and 2012.
According to the Comelec, De Leon reverted to his dual citizen status when he used his U.S. passport despite having renounced his foreign citizenship in 2009.
Lawyer Orlando De Guzman, counsel for De Leon, said the decision of the Supreme Court is not yet final as their camp has filed a timely motion for reconsideration.
“When we received the resolution dismissing the petition for certiorari, we filed a timely verified motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court," De Guzman said.
Meanwhile, supporters of Jocelyn Perez, a candidate who lost to De Leon in the 2010 and 2013 mayoralty race held a protest in front of the municipal hall.
Perez said she should have already received a writ of execution from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Comelec after the Supreme Court denied De Leon's petition.
“Based on the house rules of Comelec, 30 days upon the issuance of the en banc decision, kung walang TRO, they have to issue the writ of execution. That’s the house rules of Comelec," Perez said.