SC rules, 'File motion for reconsideration BEFORE availing of certiorari'

The Court has consistently ruled that before certiorari may be availed of, petitioner must have filed a motion for the reconsideration of the order or act complained of to enable the tribunal, board, or office concerned to pass upon and correct its mistakes, if any, without the intervention of the higher court. [G.R. No. 120038. December 23, 1996]