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It’s Mayor Hagedorn’s move C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S Jonathan De la Cruz 08/15/2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

It’s Mayor Hagedorn’s move

Jonathan De la Cruz
We extend our congratulations yet again to newly proclaimed Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel who took his oath before a huge crowd of supporters in Mati, Davao Oriental last Friday. With the conclusion of his protest, he will now serve the remaining two years of the Senate term he won in 2007. It was a long, arduous struggle for the topnotch lawyer who braved on despite the odds. We had followed the contest between him and resigned Sen. Migz Zubiri almost from the time of the latter’s proclamation to the very day that he resigned. It was classic maneuvering on all fronts. That it took the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) all of four years to finally write finis to this battle is a testament to our jurassic election rules and practices. In fact, a number of our friends from the legal community held the view that had the amiable solon from Bukidnon decided to fight things out, as it were, it would have been next to impossible for Koko to claim his seat. They noted that Zubiri had a pending counter protest on thousands of precincts which, under the rules, would have taken at the very least up to the end of the term in 2013 to finish. The Pimentel petition would have been mooted. Indeed, in the end as the tide of the animated battle the two protagonists endured at the SET over the past four years turned, their innate civility set in..... MORE

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