ELECTION 2019: Disqualification Case Against Sen. Koko Pimentel Senate Bid Filed at the COMELEC
KOKO PIMENTEL – The Senate bid of Senator Koko Pimentel in the upcoming Election 2019 is faced with a disqualification case.
Recently, lots of people have filed their certificate of candidacies for the Election 2019. One of them is Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
Sen. Pimentel who recently married his chef fiancee Kathryna Yu filed his COC last week. He is one of the 2019 Election Senatorial Candidates.
However, it seems that the Senate bid of Sen. Koko Pimentel is currently being challenged a few days after he filed his COC. A disqualification case has been filed at the COMELEC against him.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Attorney Ferdinand Topacio recently filed a disqualification case against Sen. Koko Pimentel claiming that the latter is no longer allowed to run for another term in the Senate.
The lawyer who is also a friend of the former Senate President claimed that he is already serving his second term as a Senator.
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio has filed a disqualification case against Sen. Koko Pimentel who will run for senator in the May 2019 elections. Topacio argued that Pimentel has already completed his two terms as senator since 2007, and should not be allowed to run in 2019. | @rongagalac pic.twitter.com/GUr5MLKK0T
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) October 22, 2018
Based on the report, in 2007, Sen. Koko Pimentel followed Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri in the list. The latter got the 12th and the last Senate spot. Pimentel contested the winning of Zubiri.
According to Sen. Pimentel, Sen. Zubiri benefited from the cheating of the United Nationalist Alliance. In 2011, the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) decided in favor of the former.
“Noong sinabi ng electoral tribunal na annulled ang proclamation ni Zubiri, ibig sabihin retroactive ‘yun.
Ang talagang nahalal for that term is si Sen. Pimentel at hindi si Sen. Zubiri,” he said.
Based on the report, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio said that being a lawyer, he has sworn to uphold the laws of the Republic. According to him, if the COMELEC will junk the disqualification case he filed, he will take it to the Supreme Court.
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