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Protest Rallies at the Senate Today to Pressure Senators to Seat Koko Pimentel and Unseat Migs Zubiri PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MabuhayRadio News Service   
Sunday, 25 July 2010 09:06


F ilipino activists and advocates will stage rallies today, Monday, July 26, 2010, (Manila time) in the Philippine Senate to pressure the senators to speed up the resolution of the protest case of Koko Pimentel. The public knows that Mr. Pimentel should be declared the winner of the 12th (and final) spot in the 2007 senatorial election by a margin of more-than 200,000 votes over Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, as tallied by the Senate Electoral Tribunal.


The organizers of the rallies at the Philippine Senate met on July 22, 2010, at Patrick Pantaleon’s house to plan their protest. There, people from different organizations attended the event called in by Mr. Pantaleon for the purpose of discussing JUSTICE FOR KOKO JUSTICE FOR ALL and the campaign for the establishment of the JURY SYSTEM in the Philippines.

Present during the meeting were Atty. Cita “Mama Cita” Borromeo-Garcia, who represented the Worldwide Filipino Alliance (WFA), as well as Atty. Koko Pimentel, his mother Bing Pimentel, his partymates from PDP-Laban, Pasay City Councilor Onie Bayona and Jack Wong. Then there were Atty. Toto Causing and several members of Hukuman ng Mamamayan Movement, Inc. (Ronald Herico, Jun Valdecantos, Asher Bueno, Elmer Rodriguez), Louie Zuce the whistleblower in “Hello Garci” scam, Jong from Davao and Manu Alcuaz, who represented the Tita Cory Movement and many other online organizations and is the elder brother of Linggoy Alcuaz. The other leaders in attendance were Dr. Ener Sampang (who battled GMA for the congressional seat of Pampanga’s District 2), the chief of staff of Col. Ariel Querubin, Jun Pascual, the pastor who is a congressman-in-waiting of ARAL Partylist, Madam Elvie Medina, Jun Aguilar, who represented Partidong Pandaigdigang Pilipino (
PPP) and WFA, and others. Dr. Ener Sampang came with his wife, Rona.

Patrick Pantaleon represented the COMPACT (Compassionate Patriots for Accountability and Transparency) and “
La Salle. Ateneo At Lahat Na.”

The presence and participation of people from different groups were sufficient to live up to the purpose of mustering a coalition for good governance.


T he meeting resulted in the following agreements:


·        Staging of Rallies on Monday, July 26, 2010, in the Senate to pressure the Senators to speed up the resolution of the protest case of Koko Pimentel where he should be declared the winner of the 12th spot of the Senate’s election in 2007 by a margin of more than 200,000 votes;


·        The rallies shall be in two groups: (a) the “organized” rally where Councilor Bayona and Atty. Toto Causing would be among those who would march from Cuneta Astrodome to the Senate; and (b) the “lightning” rally where Jun Aguilar and Mama Cita will be among those who will steal the lightning from the rest of the field by raising from nowhere placards just after the flag ceremonies;


·        Ma’am Elvie Medina was tasked to cause the printing of tarpaulins, banners and streamers to be used for the two rallies;


·        Funds of P50,000 was agreed to be raised for the rallies and many chipped in funds to be supplemented by Jack Wong;


·        The JURY ADVOCACY was presented to the new faces and new groups that included Koko Pimentel, Onie Bayona and the leaders of the PDP-Laban; and Toto Causing persuaded Atty. Koko Pimentel and Councilor Bayona to commit their support (especially when Koko Pimentel is seated, so that he will be the number-one campaigner in the Senate for the adoption of the jury system).


Mama Cita Garcia acted as the ad-hoc secretary and she scribbled down the minutes of the meeting. Jun Aguilar acted as the presiding officer, with due assistance from Mr. Pantaleon. # # #

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Last Updated on Sunday, 25 July 2010 09:39
Comments (3)
1 Monday, 26 July 2010 20:42
your head are up to your asshole lick it you bitter sob!!!!defeat
These "honorable" men who sit in the upper house are supposedly elected BY the people - were it not for the infamous magic of Arroyo, her henchman Garci, and the Ampatuans. in the 2007 elections.

Miguel Zubiri, with the help of Senators Edgardo Angara, Richard Gordon, Loren Legarda, Lito Lapid, Francis Pangilinan, and Supreme Court Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr. and Teresita de Castro, has perpetrated this blatant travesty on the people of the Philippines.

Remember those names.

Koko Pimentel is the clear winner over Zubiri in 2007 elections

But cannot sit in the Senate because of Zubiri counter protest

Poll protest linked to battle for Senate presidency
by Lynda Jumilla and Ces Oreña-Drilon, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 07/14/2010 2:01 AM | Updated as of 07/14/2010 2:01 AM

Senate Electoral Tribunal’s findings present strong proof of cheating in 2007 polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) has voted to recount over 75% of 73,000 precincts nationwide in the 2007 senatorial elections, after Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri filed a counter-protest to an electorial complaint filed by Atty. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

The SET voted to do the recount, which could last beyond Zubiri’s term, even if it was already proven that Pimentel won over Zubiri in the polls.

With just a little over 18,000 votes, Juan Miguel Zubiri snatched the last spot in the 2007 senatorial elections from Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

But Zubiri’s lead was promptly erased and even surpassed when the Senate Electoral Tribunal reviewed the election results on the basis of an election protest filed by Pimentel.

Official SET documents showed Pimentel recovered more than 257,000 votes from more than 2,600 precincts in Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte and Sur, Shariff Kabunsuan, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu and Basilan.

But while Pimentel’s apparent win was established by the tribunal way back in 2008, he could not be proclaimed because Zubiri filed a counter protest.

Zubiri claimed he was cheated in more than 73,000 precincts all over the country.

And judging from a June 4, 2010 resolution handed down by the SET and furnished ABS-CBN News, the election controversy is bound to drag on till the end of Zubiri’s questioned term and even beyond. This is because the SET ordered the scrutiny of the remaining 75% of the election results being protested by Zubiri.

‘Fake ballots cast’

The tribunal said initial revision of 25% of the results showed that more than half of the ballots cast were fake.

SET rules require initial scrutiny of 25% of the protested precincts to determine if there is basis to proceed with the revision of the rest of the results.

Seven of the 9 SET members voted in favor of proceeding with Zubiri’s protest.

They are Senators Edgardo Angara, Richard Gordon, Loren Legarda, Lito Lapid, and Francis Pangilinan, and Supreme Court Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr. and Teresita de Castro.

Angara and Zubiri both claim to be part of a Senate bloc, together with Legarda and Lapid.

But no less than the SET chair, Supreme Court senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio disagreed with the tribunal’s ruling.

SET chair disagrees with ruling

ABS-CBN News obtained a copy of Carpio’s strongly worded dissenting opinion, where he dismissed as “utterly baseless” the majority’s claim of more than 50% spurious ballots.

Carpio said the SET’s own tabulation showed that only 2% of the revisited ballots were found to be fake.

From the initial 25%, Zubiri recovered less than 12,000 votes and is expected to get not more than 46,000 in all his protested precincts.

Carpio said it’s clear from the tribunal’s own tabulation that Pimentel posted an insurmountable lead over Zubiri.

Senator Pia Cayetano also voted against continuing with Zubiri’s protest.

Linked to battle for Senate presidency?

Observers say the battle between Pimentel and Zubiri at the SET is linked to the race for the Senate presidency.

This is because the various candidates for Senate president are all vying for Zubiri’s vote.

This is why Pimentel is asking that Senators Angara, Legarda, and Lapid be disqualified from sitting at the SET.

The three voted in favor of Zubiri’s counter-protest, asking the SET to review votes in over 70,000 precincts nationwide after an SET recount of votes in 7 Mindanao provinces contested by Pimentel showed him leading by over 200,000 votes.

Pimentel said it is obvious the three senators are partial to Zubiri, since the senator from Bukidnon himself admitted to being a member of the so called “Magnificent 7 led by Angara.

“Siguro mabuti mag-inhibit na lang sila. Baka naman hindi na nila kayang objectively na mag-isip tungkol sa kaso,” Pimentel said.

Zubiri, however, said the way the three senators voted has no connection with him being a member of Angara’s group.

“Yung bloc na ito ay for purposes of the Senate presidency lamang,” Zubiri said.

Angara also belittled Pimentel’s contention. “Very superficial ground…parang desperadong argument.”

Pangilinan was another senator who voted in favor of Zubiri’s counter protest.

Some observers now say this could be part of his plan to get Zubiri’s support in his bid for the Senate presidency.

But Pangilinan denied these rumors, saying Zubiri has not yet talked to him on the matter.

Even as Zubiri insists that the race for the Senate presidency and the protests at the SET are separate matters, Pimentel believes, he is a victim of Senate politics.
3 Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:54
The Pimentel Family, La Salle Ateneo At Lahat Na, Compact etc., po . . . would like to thank everyone who joined us in
Prayer . . . and also more-than 300 people who joined us in the Senate to seek Justice for Atty. Koko Pimentel , , ,

We marched from Makati-Pasay border up to the gate of the Senate this morning . . . dozens of us went inside the Senate Building to observe how the Senate president was elected, someone whispered to me . . . oh my God . . . PNOY
is in between Dimas and Hesdas . . . hehehehe he . . .

We thank Elvie Medina, she now has fever, trying to rush all the materials we needed po.

Former Councilor of Pasay City, Onie Bayona, with 100
supporters . . . Ate Nety . . . who came all the way from Nueva Ecija po, with dozens of supporters, while her daughter-in-law also brought supporters from Montalban.

We were dispersed near the gate and inside the compound of the Senate.

We thank Jun Aguilar, Brother Jack Wong, Jun Pascual, Atty. Cita Garcia and lots more . . .

Re: SONA . . . again PNOY went to the CONGRESS with no wang-wang and stopped on every stop light . . . more updates to follow po.



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