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.