Albay Governor Noel Rosal has been ordered to vacate his post following a Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision upholding Rosal’s disqualification.
Comelec spokesperson Rex Laudiangco said the order regarding the issuance of a writ of execution and the actual writ of execution were served to the concerned parties at 10:30 a.m, GMA News reported.
“The Comelec has declared and ordered Governor Rosal to vacate his post and the office of the governor of Albay,” Laudiangco, quoted in the GMA News report said.
Laudiangco said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) was tasked to implement the resolution and remove Rosal from office.
“Under the orders of the Commission en Banc, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government is directed to immediately implement the en Banc resolution… disqualifying Noel Rosal,” he said.
Rosal has yet to issue an official statement, the GMA News report said.
Albay Vice Governor Edcel Lagman Jr. will replace Rosal while the highest-ranking member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will take over Lagman’s post.
The Comelec earlier issued a certificate of finality and entry of judgment on the disqualification of Rosal.
This came after the Comelec en Banc junked his motion for reconsideration and upheld the Comelec First Division’s decision to disqualify him.
However, Laudiangco said Rosal may still file a petition for review on certiorari within 30 days from notice of the decision under the Rules of Court. However, the poll official said “in the meantime, we will implement the decision of Comelec.”