JAEN, Nueva Ecija – The camp of Mayor Sylvia Austria said she will wait for the Department of Interior and Local Government to act on the order of the Commission on Elections for her reinstatement as sitting Mayor Antonio Prospero Esquivel continues to hold office on Thursday.
In a cryptic social media post, Esquivel vowed business–as–usual operations at the municipal government.
“Basta sisiguraduhin ko sa inyo, kasama nyo ko sa pag-asenso nyo, sa pag-unlad nyo. Suportado ko kayo sa lahat ng pupuntahan nyo,” Esquivel said. He had refused to talk to the media in connection with the Comelec order.
On Jan. 12, the Comelec Second Division presided by commissioner Soccoro Inting, acting on Austria’s petition for certiorari and prohibition (with extremely urgent prayer for issuance of temporary restraining order and/or status quo ante order and/or preliminary injunction) logged as SPR-012-2020, directed Esquivel to “peacefully turn over” the mayorship to Austria.
Esquivel was given a non-extendible period of ten days to answer.
Councilor Sylvester Austria, the mayor’s lawyer son, said Esquivel had to leave the mayor’s office even if the latter files a motion for reconsideration, noting that the Comelec particularly stated the 60-day status quo ante order was “effective immediately.“
“Sa order na hawak natin ngayon ay copy furnished po nila si Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government to implement po ito,” the councilor said, adding their lawyers have already sent a letter to Sec. Eduardo Año in this regard.
“The immediate reinstatement of the undersigned (Austria) as mayor of Jaen, Nueva Ecija is now imperative,” Austria said in her letter to Año.