SC junks Roxas' poll protest vs Binay

THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the electoral protest filed by Manuel Roxas II against former Vice President (VP) Jejomar Binay— his closest rival in the 2010 VP race.

Six years after the protest was filed, the SC, acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on Tuesday finally junked the complaint filed by Roxas against Binay.

According to the high tribunal, it dismissed the case for "mootness" noting that both parties had bid for a presidential post last May 9 elections.

The Court also stated that neither of the two has expressed their interest to pursue the case.

"In view of the May 9, 2016 elections and in response to the letter request of the Executive Director [Jose] Tolentino, the Tribunal lifted the PPO on February 23, 2016."

The Court added that it cannot act on the protest anymore as a new set of public officials already assumed their offices last June 30.

The Court said that with the assumption of office of VP Leni Robredo, "the tenure of the office being contested by Roxas and Binay had expired."

In the 2010 VP elections, Binay won over Roxas by only 700,000 votes. After losing, Roxas, who had took the lead in all pre-election surveys before the 2010 polls, filed an electoral protest before the SC claiming that he was cheated by Binay. (Sunnex)
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