• SC upholds Comelec on Antipolo poll protest

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    THE Supreme Court has junked a petition filed by former Gov. Casimiro “Jun” Ynares 3rd of Rizal against the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

    In a full court ruling, the high tribunal dismissed with finality Ynares’ motion for reconsideration assailing the court’s November 2013 resolution on his petition against a Comelec verdict, which found former mayor Danilo Leyble’s election protest to be sufficient in form.

    Ynares, a Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) stalwart who is on his third and last term as governor, won as mayor of Antipolo City over Leyble of the Liberal Party.

    Ynares garnered 128,108 votes while Leyble got 121,032 votes.

    Leyble initiated an election protest with the Comelec, which sided with him. This prompted Ynares to seek redress with the high court.

    In its ruling, the court ruled that Ynares failed “to show that the petition was filed on time.”

    The court said the “verification and certification on non-forum shopping” was insufficient and defective as “the affiant was not personally known to the notary public or identified by the notary public through competent evidence of identity.”

    The high tribunal pointed out that Ynares failed to attach a verified declaration that the pleading and annexes submitted electronically were complete and true copies of the printed document and annexes filed with the court.

    It further held that Ynares’ remedy was wrong, adding that he failed to “sufficiently show that any grave abuse of discretion was committed by the [Comelec] in rendering the challenged orders which, on the contrary, appear to be in accord with the facts and applicable law and jurisprudence.”

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