SC Rules on Camarines Norte Gubernatorial Issue

September 12, 2019

The Supreme Court (SC), during its En Banc session last September 10, 2019, voting 8-6, granted the petition of Edgardo Tallado who questioned his disqualification by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to run as governor of Camarines Norte during the last May elections.

In a decision penned by Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, the Court En Banc overturned the COMELEC’s decision disqualifying Tallado to run in the gubernatorial race.

Concurring with the Chief Justice are Justices Diosdado M. Peralta, Alexander G. Gesmundo, Andres B. Reyes, Jr., Jose C. Reyes, Jr., Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, Henry Jean Paul B. Inting, and Rodil V. Zalameda.

Justice Francis H. Jardeleza dissented and was joined by Justices Antonio T. Carpio, Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin S. Benjamin Caguioa, and Rosmari D. Carandang.

When Tallado was disqualified by the COMELEC en banc, he elevated his case to the SC which issued a Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO), thus allowing him to run in the May 2019 polls.

The Supreme Court Public Information Office will be posting a copy of the decision in the SC website once they receive the official copy from the Office of the Clerk of Court En Banc.