SC junks Aquino petition vs new CamSur district
Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has affirmed the creation of a new district in Camarines Sur, dismissing a petition by Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to declare the law behind its formation as unconstitutional.
Voting 9-5-1, the high court, through Associate Justice Jose Perez said no grave abuse of discretion has been committed with the enactment of Republic Act 9716 or the law creating the third district in Camarines Sur.
The high court added that there was no violation of the principle of proportional representation.
Aquino, in his petition, said RA 9716 would favor Congressman Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo and Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya since a third district would prevent them from running against each other.
SC: Mendoza is Bulacan governor
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court ruled that Joselito Mendoza stays as Bulacan governor after it denied with finality the appeal filed by Roberto Pagdanganan.
In its resolution, the high court said Pagdanganan failed to raise new issues that would warrant a reversal of its earlier decision.
On March 23, the High Court, through Associate Justice Jose Perez said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) En Banc committed grave abuse of discretion when it declared Roberto Pagdanangan as winner in the 2007 gubernatorial race.
“There is grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Comelec en banc,” spokesmna Midas Marquez said.