• High Court thumbs down Tuguegarao mayor’s petition

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    THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a petition filed by Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division in connection with the election case filed by his rival in 2013.

    In a one-page minute resolution, the High Court “noted the urgent motion for special raffle dated June 2, 2014 filed by counsel for petitioner.”

    Aside from the Comelec, also impleaded in the petition was Soriano’s political rival, Delfin Ting, in view of the latter’s election protest that Soriano wanted to be stopped.

    The SC dismissed the petition for the failure of Soriano ”to sufficiently show that any grave abuse of discretion was committed by the Comelec First Division in rendering the challenged orders”

    The tribunal pointed out that said orders, on the contrary, appeared to be in accord with the facts and applicable law and jurisprudence.

    Soriano, a retired police general, was proclaimed mayor—elect by the Comelec last year, but his rival has filed an election protest to contest his victory.

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