Tiñga poll protest case still alive in SC



The Supreme Court has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to comment on the petition filed by retired justice and 2010 Taguig City mayoral candidate Dante Tiñga questioning the dismissal of his poll protest against incumbent Mayor Ma. Laarni “Lani” Cayetano.

The high court’s Jan. 15 resolution which was released last week gave Comelec 10 days to comment on the petition for mandamus and certiorari filed by Tiñga.

In his petition filed through lawyer Ma. Bernadette Sardillo, Tiñga faulted the Comelec’s Second Division chaired by Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, who retired earlier this month, for relying on the images of the ballots from the compact flash cards of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines used in the 2010 elections.

Sardilla said that under Comelec rules, the actual ballots should be retrieved and recounted first and it is only when the ballots show signs of tampering or are in such physical condition that they cannot be recounted that resorting to the flash cards becomes an option.

The ballot boxes that are the subject of the election contest have been kept at Taguig City Hall and guarded by Cayetano followers who have defied several Comelec orders to turn them over.

In his petition, Tiñga scored the Comelec for its “utter powerlessness and lack of will to assert its constitutional authority” for its failure to collect the ballot boxes containing the protested ballots despite having issued 10 retrieval orders over a period of three years.

Noting that the failure to retrieve the ballots in Taguig is the first in the history of the Comelec, Tiñga remarked that the poll body had succumbed to the “importunings and maneuvers of the political powers aligned with the adverse party,” as indicated by the admission of a recently appointed commissioner “that the Palace is adverse to the retrieval of the ballot boxes.”

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Huwag nyo na po sanang ibabalik ang mga Tinga sa pagka-mayor ng Taguig City. Matagal na akong wala sa Taguig City pero kapag ako ay nagpapasyal ay ang daming kwento akong nalalaman tungkol sa paglaganap ng shabu sa aming syudad. Noong administarsyon ni Freddy Tinga, ang kanilang kamaganak ang siyang pasimuno sa paglaganap ng shabu… Ang dami tuloy nasirang kinabukasan ng mga kabataan at bukod pa sa maraming mga namatay dahil sa droga… Mabuti napalitan si Tinga. Ang isyu sa shabu ang pinamalaking dahilan ng pagkatalo ni Tinga…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRLFHB4ZOMCNGDUJ2ZINRV7DAQ Juan

      The former mayor is the son of Dante Tinga Sr a former SC justice. The former mayor is currently a congressman.  He barely loss because most people don’t know him.

  • Garibaldi_II

    “Tiñga poll protest case still alive in SC” too late. It’s like calling for a doctor to cure a dead person.

  • Timothy Te-Co

    Dear former Associate Justice Dante Tinga, you have served in the judiciary already, tama na po ang paghangad sa Mayorship ng Taguig.  Hayaan nyo na po sana sa mga bata ang pagsisilbi.  Time to rest and savor the laurels you have.

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