IMUS, Cavite - Embattled Emmanuel L. Mailiksi said Thursday he would give his seat to Homer T. Saquilayan only if the Supreme Court would reject his motion for reconsideration.
Saquilayan called on President Aquino and other administration officials and opposition leader and former President Joseph Estrada to intervene. He also asked Maliksi to step down from office as specified by the orders of the Supreme Court and the COMELEC on a decision that he was the winner in the first-ever automated elections on May 10, 2010.
Both Saquilayan and Maliksi appeared Thursday on national teleivision and have made statements with regards the mayoral dispute in the historic capital city
Maliksi assured that he would vacate his office only if the High Court ruled that its order earlier was “final and executory” and that his motion for reconsideration was no longer acceptable.
The COMELEC on Monday served the writ ordering Maliksi to stop discharging powers and functions as mayor and relinquish and vacate the seat for Saquilayan.
The writ was implemented by Lawyer Arnulfo H. Pioquinto, Provincial COMELEC superviso. Maliksi did not honor the writ.
The writ came after the Supreme Court lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued last October 11 on a decision of the Comelec which declared Saquilayan as the duly-elected city mayor.
The COMELEC en banc affirmed that the August 15, 2012 resolution which junked a local court ruling that declared Maliksi as the winner based on their audit of the ballots in question.
The decision of the Supreme Court was “immediately executory” considering that the remainder of Saquilayan’s term is only less than five months. The High Court en banc issued the order last March 12.
According to Maliksi, the High Court order is still appealable with the motion for reconsideration that he filed on Monday.
Maliksi said he would step down from the post if the Supreme Court order was final and executory saying that "it's not, it's only immediately executory."
For Saquilayan, the Supreme Court and the COMELEC had already spoken and that their orders should be respected by all concerned.
Saquilayan called on the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and former President Estrada to help resolve the issue by talking to Maliksi on the matter for the sake of Imus and the people.
Estrada is a godfather of Maliksi, Saquilayan said.
The 57-year-old mayor earlier appealed to President Aquino to implement his ''Matuwid na Daan'' (straight path) policy in Imus with the orders of the COMELEC and the Supreme Court.
Saquilayan also appealed for calmness and sobriety among the citizenry with the ongoing City Hall crisis.
As of Thursday, Maliksi continued to hold office at the City Hall with some Region IV-A Public Safety Group members and local policemen at the vicinity.
Supt. Redrico A. Maranan, Imus police chief, said that there was no untoward incidents in the area and elsewhere in the city. He and his officers have been monitoring the situation in the area day and night.