Zaldy, Bedol hail Zubiri resignation

Posted at 08/03/2011 5:33 PM | Updated as of 08/03/2011 10:19 PM
Comelec chief says there is implied admission of poll fraud

MANILA, Philippines - The 2 personalities responsible for the fresh developments on the alleged 2007 poll fraud expressed happiness over the resignation of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Zaldy Ampatuan and former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol said it's about time that Zubiri let go of the position that was not his from the very start.

Both revealed weeks ago that the Arroyos had ordered the padding of votes in Maguindanao to give Zubiri the chance to snatch the 12th and last Senate seat.

They also alleged that Malacañang sought zero votes for then opposition bets Panfilo Lacson, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Noynoy Aquino

Bedol said it should have been lawyer Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III who got the post. The latter lost by a thin margin of around 21,000 votes.

Ampatuan, for his part, said Zubiri’s conscience got the better of him.

Brillantes reacts

Unlike the two, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes was taken aback by Zubiri’s decision.

"This is the first time na ang isang incumbent senator is resigning. Ang end effect nito ay merong implied admission na may anomalyang nangyari sa election. Ibig sabihin nito, it will benefit Koko…,” he said.

He believes that Zubiri’s act will hasten the ruling of the Senate Electoral Tribunal. – from reports by Anthony Taberna and Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News