SC says election protest vs. Vice President Binay has sufficient form, substance

July 12, 2010 10:36 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, July 12 — The Supreme Court (SC) said on Monday the election protest filed by losing Liberal Party vice presidential candidate, former Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II against Vice President Jejomar "Jojo" Binay, has sufficient form and substance.

In a press conference, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that the chairman of the PET has issued a subpoena for Vice President Binay for him to answer the complaint filed by Roxas.

The SC, which also serves as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) chaired by Chief Justice Renato Corona, raffled the election protest last Friday.

Marquez said the SC will ask the vice president to file a counter-protest against the charges filed by Roxas, adding that, if Binay failed to answer, the SC will hold a preliminary conference on the case.

Marquez added that based on the summon issued by the SC, Binay was given a "non-extendible" period of 10 days from the time the vice president received the notice of the SC, within which to file his comment on the petition of the former lawmaker.

Marquez explained that once Binay has filed his comment, the PET will then convene for the conduct of the preliminary conference which will tackle the timelines of the case.

It can be recalled that Roxas filed an election protest before the SC last Friday, questioning the proclamation of Binay as the duly-elected vice president in the May 10 automated elections.

Roxas claimed that the three million null votes which were not counted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) could surely affect the number of votes for the winning vice presidential candidate.

Roxas argued that Vice President Binay had only more than 700,000 margin of votes against him. (PNA)

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