Macalintal: Koko Pimentel can seek reelection
Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Thursday disclosed that administration Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is qualified to seek reelection in next year’s election since his term from 2011 to 2013 was not considered “full term.”
“In the case of Pimentel, he lost in the May 2007 election for senator but eventually won his election protest against Senator Migs Zubiri in August 2011 and served merely the remaining two years unexpired term of Zubiri from August 2011 to June 2013,” said Macalintal.
“Since Pimentel did not serve the full 2007-2013 term, his service from August 2011 to June 2013 cannot be considered as ‘one term’ for purposes of counting the two-term threshold for senators which means that he has not ‘continuously served’ as senator for two consecutive terms prior to the forthcoming 2019 elections,” he added.
Macalintal pointed out Pimentel’s complete and uninterrupted term was the current one he’s been completing, which is 2013-2019,
Recently, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio filed a disqualification case against Pimentel before the Commission on Elections, saying the lawmaker was elected as senator in 2007 and would have served for 18 years should he win in the 2019 midterm election.
He stressed the lawmaker has already completed his two terms as member of the Senate, hence should not be allowed to run again.
Topacio continued that Pimentel’s first term was in 2007 when the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) held that he won in that year’s election, and his second term in 2013.