Nene to Ed: Keep off my son’s protest case

FORMER Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. yesterday urged Sen. Edgardo Angara to inhibit himself from participating in the deliberations of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on the electoral protest filed by his son, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, against Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.

The elder Pimentel, in his capacity as lead counsel for Koko, filed a supplemental motion to disqualify Angara from the SET.

Koko earlier filed a motion for the disqualification of Angara, Senators Loren Legarda and Lito Lapid from sitting as members of the SET on June 24, 2010.

However, after the SET was reorganized in July 2010, the three senators returned to the SET and continued to participate in the decision-making processes of the tribunal.

“It is with some pain in the heart—considering that he had been a colleague of the undersigned counsel in the Senate for some time— that Senator Angara should be reminded of the officially tallied results for the Province of Maguindanao in the 2007 national and local elections,” Pimentel said.

Attached to the motion was a photocopy of the Provincial Certificate of Canvass that showed Juan Miguel Zubiri garnering 195, 823 votes; Luis C. Singson, 194,241 votes; and Edgardo J. Angara, 193,990 votes. D’Jay Lazaro

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