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Mayor Oscar Moreno speaks while lawyer Dale Bryan Mordeno and Councilor George Goking listen. (photo by nitz arancon)

Moreno: Politically motivated cases won’t prosper

MAYOR Oscar Moreno on Monday said he was optimistic that the string of criminal and administrative charges filed against him would not prosper.

Moreno said this after the Supreme Court cleared the associate justices of the Court of Appeals-Mindanao Station from accusations that they made a mistake when they issued temporary restraining orders and writ of preliminary injunctions against the ombudsman’s rulings, dismissing and perpetually disqualifying him from holding public office.

“I hope that we will overcome,” Moreno told reporters in a news conference.

The CA orders pertain to a number of complaints filed by former barangay chairman William Guialani, Clemente Atoc and Puntod barangay chairman Marvin Beja against the mayor, including the deal city hall made with condiments maker Ajinomoto Philippines and the rental of sleeping quarters for the city’s aspiring boxers.

Moreno said the SC decision was “a clear vindication for the accused Justices who are duty-bound to decide.”

The high court cleared CA Associate Justices Henri Jean Paul Inting, Edgardo Camello and Pablito Perez from accusations they committed gross ignorance of the law, grave abuse of authority, gross misconduct, manifest impartiality, among others, when they issued a TRO amnd writ of prelimary injunction against Moreno’s dismissal.

The SC, in another decision, denied the petition for certiorari, questioning the TRO and subsequent writ of preliminary injunction on yet another ombudsman decision that meted a three-month suspension against Moreno, City Budget Officer Percy Salazar and City Accountant Beda Joy Elot for simple misconduct.

“Justice is alive in Cagayan de Oro. Our courts cannot be swayed into entertaining baseless and politically motivated cases. At the end of the day, justice will prevail,” Moreno said. (davao today)

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