“Recall election” ang panawagan ni ousted Laguna Governor ER Ejercito dahil sa diumano’y panggigipit sa kanya ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) sa katatapos na eleksyon.
Tinalo si Ejercito ni incumbent Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, ang vice governor niya na ipinalit sa kanya nang pababain siya sa puwesto ng Comelec noong May 2014 dahil sa election overspending.
Sina Ejercito at Hernandez ang mahigpit sanang magkalaban sa gubernatorial race sa Laguna.
Pero pumangalawa sa botohan si Jorge Antonio Ejercito, ang anak ni ER na pinatakbo ng kanyang ama para rin sa nasabing posisyon.
Ngunit hindi nabura ang pangalan ni Jorge Antonio sa balota nang mag-withdraw ito.
Naging kontrobersiyal ang gubernatorial race sa Laguna dahil mas mataas pa ang mga boto na nakuha ni Jorge Antonio (336,997) kumpara kay ER (232,927).
Pero para kay ER, panggigipit muli ng Comelec ang nangyari sa kanyang kandidatura.
Pahayag niya sa isang official statement na inilabas sa media, “It is very unfortunate for me that COMELEC has again hit me hard for the second time since they removed me as the duly elected and legitimate Governor of the Province of Laguna last May 26, 2014 because of an overspending case using a TV Ad document with a fake signature as evidence from ABS-CBN Channel 2.
“COMELEC disqualified me so fast, I wasn’t given my day in court and I wasn’t able to defend myself.
“COMELEC immediately sworn in the Liberal Party ally Vice Governor Ramil L. Hernandez.”
Patuloy ni ER, “This year, COMELEC, again, favored Ramil Hernadez by not removing the name of my son Jorge Antonio Ejercito from the list of candidates on the ballot, which unfortunately created a lot of confusion, and spoiled ballots from my loyal supporters because most of my voters shaded both Jorge Antonio Ejercito and Emilio Ramon Ejercito not knowing who I really am.
“My son Jorge Antonio Ejercito withdrew from the gubernatorial race as early as November 23, 2015 (last year) while printing of ballots was in February 13, 2016 (this year).
“Even the service of the notice that the withdrawal of my son was not honored by COMELEC, which was done more than two months after the said withdrawal.
“This was intentional delay on the part of COMELEC that is clearly designed to clearly keep the name of my son on the ballot to confuse my voters and deprive me of my local mandate.”
Diin pa niya, “The Province of Laguna did not have fair and clean elections because COMELEC’s ‘Oplan Asiong’ was successful to take me out for the second time.
“The Province of Laguna should be given a second chance to vote fair and square.
“I am aggressively calling for a recall election.
“I will surely win and beat Ramil Hernandez who I already defeated in the May 2010 elections by more than 200, 000 votes.”