THE Supreme Court has given the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the go signal to proceed with the election protest against Mayor Paz Radaza of Lapu-Lapu City.
In a full court ruling, the high court held that the Comelec was right when it gave way for businessman Efrain Pelaez Jr.’s election protest against Radaza.
Pelaez sought to nullify the proclamation of re-elected Mayor Radaza and her entire slate owing to alleged irregularities during the May 2013 elections.
The losing candidate also asked the poll body to secure the election materials and records used in the city and nullify election returns in several barangays.
Radaza filed an urgent omnibus motion to suspend preliminary conference and to determine of a cause of action of the election protest. His petition was dismissed, prompting him to seek redress with the high court.
But the high tribunal held that Radaza failed “to show any grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Comelec First Division in rendering the assailed orders as the petition for election protest was sufficient in form and substance for the technical violations and deficiencies.”