By: Elena Grace Flores
Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar is again a congressman of Las Piñas but it might be short lived because of his appointment into the Cabinet of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte as DPWH secretary.
Atty. Romulo Macalintal told radio dzMM that Villar would still have to take his oath as congressman of Las Piñas as an elected official and serve for 6 months then resign to assume a higher appointed position.
Omnibus Election Code mandates candidates to assume office within six months of winning the elections. Elected officials who refuse to assume office without legal motive may face one to six months imprisonment unless there’s an unexpected physical disability, mandatory rendering of military service or other valid legal motives.