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Comelec: No basis to void 2013 polls

Manila, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday said it sees no reason to void the results of the May 2013 senatorial elections as the winners had already been proclaimed.

“Wala namang basis to void the elections. In the first place, consummated na yan,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said in an interview. “Basta sa amin tapos na yan e. naproclaim na yung mga nanalo nung 2013,” he added.

The poll chief was reacting to the petition filed by four losing senatorial bets Ricardo Penson, Hans Christian Señeres, Rizalito David, and Baldomero Falcone at the Supreme Court, seeking to void the results of last year’s senatorial elections due to the alleged glitches in the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. The four accused the commission of committing grave abuse of discretion in proclaiming the winners of the Senate race despite existing questions on remaining election returns (ERs).

Brillantes said if the four wanted to question the results of the senatorial elections they should have filed a protest before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET). “Meron namang remedy kung gusto nila questionin ang resulta, Mag file ng protesta sa SET. E wala naman nai file,” he said. The poll chief claimed the four petitioners do not appear to know what they are saying in their petitions and merely repeated what their critics used to say. “Yung mga pinipick up nila yan naman ay yung mga dati ng sinasabi ng mga kritiko. Wala naman silang bagong sinasabi. Nagsasalita sila kung ano ano na hindi yata nila naiintindihan,” said Brillantes. “I would rather explain it to them face to face. Walang problema. Sana bago sila humarap sa Supreme Court, humarap muna sila sa amin para naipaliwanag namin sa kanila ng maayos,” he added.