(Metro News) Ex-SC justice gets Comelec’s nod on poll recount of Taguig mayorship

April 1, 2011 11:41 pm 

MANILA, April 1 — Retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Dante O. Tinga has scored a triumph after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ordered a poll recount against Taguig City Mayor Ma. Laarni Cayetano.

In a four-page order penned by Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph and concurred in by Commissioner Armando Velasco, the Comelec Second Division ruled again for the retrieval of 373 contested ballot boxes from the Taguig City Hall.

The Comelec also denied the motion for reconsideration and urgent motion for ocular inspection of the Taguig City Auditorium filed by Mayor Cayetano.

Likewise, the Comelec said Cayetano did not raise new issues that would warrant the reversal or revision of the Second Division’s Jan. 25, 2011 order in her motion.

“The issue pertaining to the Comelec Philpost Warehouse’s security is a mere rehash of what has been previously raised, passed upon, and ruled against by the Commission,” the ruling said.

It also reiterated the Jan. 19, 2011 order directing Atty. Teopisto Elnas Jr., Director IV, Election and Barangay Affairs Department, to immediately collect the contested ballot boxes of Taguig City and deliver them to the Comelec Philpost warehouse within three days from receipt from the City Treasurer.

Acting City Treasurer lawyer Marianito Miranda was also ordered to turn over to Atty. Elnas the said ballot boxes.

The Comelec order also authorized Elnas to secure sufficient number of security personnel from the Philippine National Police or the Armed Forces of the Philippines in connection with the collection and transportation of the ballot boxes.

It also stressed that in the absence of a restraining order from the Supreme Court, there is no more legal impediment that would enjoin the Comelec from implementing its order of retrieval of the contested ballots. (PNA)

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