Commission on Elections sustains unseating the officialdom of Panlilio as Governor

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has upheld the decision unseating Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio in favor of former board member Lilia Pineda, a poll body official said Thursday.

Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle confirmed that the en banc, in a split decision, upheld the decision of the second division saying Pineda actually won in the 2007 Pampanga gubernatorial race.

In a telephone interview on Unang Balita, Panlilio said they were very surprised by the decision. He also said that one of their lawyers, Atty. Sixto Brillantes, has yet to receive a copy of the decision, despite his office being merely five minutes away from Comelec.

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