Comelec rules in favor of Sulu town mayor re: poll protest PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:45

The Commission on Elections (Comelec)’s first division in Manila has issued a writ of preliminary/permanent Injunction on the election case filed by petitioner Panglima Estino Mayor Benshar Estino.

Part of the Comelec order states that the Commission (First Division) “finds the issues raised by petitioner very serious, and considering that the merits of the case will be resolved in due time, and that the interest of justice will not be best served if these issues will be rendered moot and academic, the Commission (First Division), following the dictates of prudence and fair play, hereby grants, pending the resolution of the main petition, the injunction relief prayed for the petitioner”.

“Wherefore, premises considered, the Commission (First Division) hereby issues an Injunction Order directing public respondent Judge Betlee Ian Barraquias, Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court, Ninth Judicial region, Branch 3, Patikul, Sulu, the Branch Clerk of Court and all persons under his direct supervision, to cease and desist from implementing the Special Order dated February 2, 2015 and from proceeding with Election protest Case No. 25-3, and for private respondent Abdulkadil Estino to cease and desist from assuming the position of Panglima Estino municipal mayor, Sulu, until further orders from this Commission (First Division). Pending the final resolution of this petition, petitioner Benshar Estino shall remain at his post as Municipal Mayor of Panglima Estino, Sulu,” signed by Comelec –First Division Presiding Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim, Commisioner, Luie Tito F. Guia and Commissioner Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon on May 13, 2015.

In an interview, Panglima Estino Mayor Ben Estino thanked the entire Comelec-First Division who signed the order and all his supporters who continuously pray for the peaceful resolution of the case.

“Despite the political harassment, we are confident on the merit of the case that justice will be served,” Estino said. — Monch L. Follosco