TRO prevents Garbo from taking office as Mabalacat Mayor
Former Mabalacat Board Member Crisostomo Garbo cannot take his seat as mayor yet after the Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a 72-hour Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on June 27.
This means Mabalacat Vice Mayor Christian Halili remains mayor.
The RTC ordered Garbo and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to “cease and desist from any action that will result in the removal from the mayoralty position of the petitioner (Halili).
Halili became new city mayor on June 19 by virtue of succession under the Local Government Code after former mayor Marino Morales stepped down.
A Commission on Elections (Comelec) en Banc ruling earlier canceled the certificate of candidacy of Morales in the 2016 elections, disqualifying him and nullifying the votes he garnered in the elections.
The Comelec ruling also awarded the victory to Garbo.
The RTC insisted on a full-blown trial because the case is “complicated and unique.”#
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