PIMENTEL SENATE BID OPPOSED

A petition to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III was filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, the last day to file petitions to deny due course or cancel COC filed for next year’s polls.

“Senator Pimentel is ineligible to run as such under the two consecutive term limit rule as provided under the 1987 Constitution. Senator Pimentel’s COC for senator for the 2019 elections should be denied due course or cancelled due to material misrepresentation on his eligibility,” lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said in a nine-page petition.

Topacio also cited Section 4, Article VI of the 1987 Constitution, which provides that no senator shall serve for more than two consecutive terms.

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