Comelec issues TRO on election protest vs Panglima Estino mayor PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 11:16

The First Division of the Commission on Election (Comelec-Manila) recently issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Status Quo Ante Order in favor of incumbent Mayor  Benshar Estino of Panglima Estino Municipality, Sulu, relative to an election protest filed by Abdulkadil Estino that was decided favorably by Sulu Regional Trial Court Judge Betlee Ian Barraquias.

Part of the Comelec decision states, “in the interest of justice and so as not  to render the issues raised in the instant petition moot and academic and the proceedings before this Commission a useless exercise, the

Commission (First Division) hereby issues a Temporary Restraining Order, effective immediately, and for a period of 60 days,  enjoining public respondent Hon. Betlee Ian J. Barraquias, Presiding  Judge, Regional Trial Court, Patikul, Sulu, to cease and desist from  enforcing/implementing or continuing to enforce and implement the

Special Order dated February 2, 2015, relative to Election Protest No. 25-3 entitled “Abdulkadil S. Estino, Protestant vs. Benshar S. Estino, Protestee,” as well as performing other acts/incidents relating to  the above-mentioned case”.

“However, in the event that the Special Order dated February 2, 2015, has already been executed and private respondent Abdulkadil S.  Estino has already assumed and performed the functions of Municipal

Mayor of Panglima Estino, Sulu, a status quo ante order is hereby  issued enjoining the parties to maintain the status prevailing prior  to the issuance of the Special Order dated February 2, 2015, and  directing private respondent Abdulkadil S. Estino to peacefully  turn over the subject post to the petitioner Benshar S. Estino,  unless ordered otherwise by the Commission (First Division),” signed  by Comelec Presiding Commissioner Christian Robert Lim dated March 17, 2015,” the Comelec decision.

In a phone patch interview, Mayor Benshar Estino was elated on the  decision saying the Comelec heard their appeal for legal remedies.

“I’m thankful and it was a good decision at least they (Comelec) acted on our appeal as they’re not satisfied with the decision of the lower court,” Benshar Estino said.

Estino said he will convene all line agencies and constituents in his  municipality today (Monday) so as not to create confusion on the said  Comelec  decision

Benshar Estino and his entire slate including Vice Mayor Sherhan Najar and eight councilors  won by a landslide victory during the May, 2013 elections and were  immediately proclaimed as the winning candidates by Municipal Board  of Canvassers (MBOC) Chairman Hannibal Tulawie, Vice  chair Tal-a  Isdung and MBOC member Halima Abduhasad. — Monch L. Follosco