Press Release
August 5, 2011

Statement of Sen. Pia S. Cayetano
Member, Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET)

"With the withdrawal of Sen. Miguel Zubiri of his counter-protest, the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) can now proceed to rule on the electoral protest that was filed by Atty. Aquilino Pimentel III based on the results of the revision of ballots and election documents in 2,658 protested precincts, particularly in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which showed that Atty. Pimentel was able to recover 257,401 votes."

"It should be noted that Sen. Zubiri was proclaimed by Comelec as the 12th winning senator in 2007 with a lead of 18,519 votes over Pimentel [who was at 13th place]. I am confident that the SET would be able to render its decision with dispatch on this long-standing poll protest."

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