SC stops Jan. 25 plebiscite in Cabanatuan City

January 14, 2014 11:13 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 14 — The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the holding of a plebiscite on the proposed conversion of Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija into a Highly Urbanized City on Jan. 25.

The SC En Banc issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) “effective immediately and continuing until further orders from this Court” enjoining the respondents or any of their representatives or agents from conducting the plebiscite.

The petition was filed by Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio M. Umali against the respondents Commission on Elections (Comelec), Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar V. Vergara and the city government of Cabanatuan.

Umali argued that the Novo Ecijanos will be affected if Cabanatuan City will be converted into a Highly Urbanized City, hence, it is fitting and proper that all the registered voters of the entire province of Nueva Ecija should participate in the conduct of the plebiscite.

The SC also enjoined the respondents from enforcing or implementing Comelec Minute Resolution No. 13-1353 which paved the way for the conduct of the plebiscite. (PNA)

SCS/PTR/UTB

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