SC sees no problem on election protest with P-Noy's appointment of Roxas

July 14, 2010 10:06 pm 

MANILA, July 14 — The Supreme Court (SC) sees no problem on the election protest with the appointment of President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III of former Senator and Liberal Party (LP) losing vice presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.

If and when President Aquino appoints Roxas to any government position, there's no problem with the election protest filed by the latter against Vice President Jejomar "Jojo" Binay.

According to SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez, there is no existing law or jurisprudence to be made as basis to such a similar situation.

Marquez said some previous cases handled by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) were dismissed as the petitioners abandoned their complaint.

The SC serves as the PET and chaired by the Chief Justice which deals with election protests on the position of senator, vice president and president of the land.

Roxas filed the election protest before the SC against Binay, questioning the proclamation of the latter as the vice-president elect in the May 10, 2010 elections.

Roxas asked the SC to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to reconsider the 3,000,000 null votes, which he claimed, will have a big impact on the result of the vice presidential elections.

It was earlier reported that President Aquino will appoint Roxas as DTI Secretary after the one-year appointment ban following the May 10, 2010 elections. (PNA)



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