MANILA,  May 27, 2004
By Aurea Calica  -  The Supreme Court declared with finality yesterday that politician-turned-comedy actor and singer Eddie Gil was not qualified to run for president in the May 10 elections.

In a one-page resolution dated May 18 and released yesterday, the SC junked the May 7 motion for reconsideration filed by Gil on the April 27 resolution of the tribunal upholding his disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The SC said Gilís appeal was denied "there being no substantial arguments presented to warrant the reversal" of its earlier resolution.

In its April 27 ruling, the Court said Gil failed to "sufficiently show that any grave abuse of discretion was committed" by Comelec in declaring him a nuisance candidate.

The SC earlier allowed Gil to continue with his campaign by issuing a status quo order pending resolution of his petition questioning the Comelecís decision to disqualify him.

But the SC said contrary to Gilís claims, the Comelec resolution "appears to be in accord with facts and applicable law and jurisprudence."

In declaring Gil a nuisance candidate, the Comelec said he could not show proof that he could launch a nationwide campaign. It added that Gil supplied false information in his certificate of candidacy.

In his motion for reconsideration, Gil asked the SC to declare a failure of elections and stop the canvassing of votes for presidential candidates pending resolution of his motion against the Comelec.

Gil said that without the finality of the Courtís April 27 resolution, the status quo order allowing him to run should have been respected by the Comelec.

He explained that the poll body should not have delisted him from the presidential race since the SC decision upholding his disqualification had not become final and executory on the day of the elections. He said Comelec officials should be cited for contempt for such action.

"I would have been No. 1 in the presidential elections, I am 1,000 percent sure of that," Gil told reporters after filing his motion. His supporters even proclaimed him winner in the presidential race.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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