Comelec may proclaim 13th highest Senate bet in 2013 election

July 6, 2012 9:27 pm 

MANILA, July 7 – THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will just proclaim the candidate who got the 13th highest vote for senator in the May 2013 polls.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes explained the commission en banc will come up with a resolution to declare the winner for the 13th slot, should Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago resign from her post to serve in the International Criminal Court and the Senate declares a vacancy.

“We can do that by issuing a resolution that the number 13 will be the one that will fill up the vacancy,” he added.

Brillantes noted it will not be a problem if Santiago does not resign until January.

Comelec commissioners are now discussing the possibility they will require the shading of only 12 for the 12 senators on the ballot.

“The number 13 we will proclaim if she (Santiago) resigns after the configuration of the ballot,” he said.

However, Brillantes said the Senate should declare a vacancy first before Election day.

He said: “The Senate should come out with a resolution that there’s a vacancy because we cannot do anything — that’s the prerogative of Sen. Miriam.

"She was really elected for six years…it’s her decision to leave or not to leave within that period.”

Earlier, the poll body said it would prefer if Santiago will make a decision on whether to resign or not before Oct. 5, the deadline for the filing of the certificate of candidacy.

Her decision is needed for the Comelec to know if there will be 13 slots for senator in next year’s elections. (PNA) hbc/FGP/utb

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