MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has junked Taguig City Mayor Ma. Laarni Cayetano’s plea to stop a recount of the election results there.
In an 11-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura, the Court en banc ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to proceed with dispatch in hearing retired Supreme Court Justice Dante Tinga’s election protest versus the wife of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
The high court said it cannot rule on a case the full court of the Comelec has not yet decided upon. The case is still under the second division’s jurisdiction, it noted.
In a decision penned by Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph, the second division of the poll body ruled anew for the retrieval of 373 contested ballot boxes from Taguig City.
Cayetano was proclaimed winner after the May 10, 2010 elections for the mayoralty post in Taguig with 95,865 votes as against Tinga’s 93,445. Subsequently, Tinga filed an election protest against Cayetano alleging frauds and irregularity committed by the latter.
Cayetano filed a counter-protest and counterclaim seeking the dismissal of Tinga’s complaint on the ground of insufficiency in form and content of the election protest which was denied by the Comelec. With a report by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News