Sen. Miguel Zubiri resigns with his "vehement denial of the alleged electoral fraud"
(SPOT.ph) Miguel Zubiri announced his resignation before the Senate this afternoon after years of repeatedly denying accusations by lawyer and former senatorial candidate Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III that he cheated in the 2007 elections, reports Inquirer.net.
He clarified in his privilege speech that his decision was not a plan to evade investigation. "Without admitting any fault and with my vehement denial of the alleged electoral fraud hurled against me, I am submitting my resignation as a duly elected Senator of the Republic of the Philippines in the election for which I am falsely accused without mercy and compassion," he said. "I am resigning because of these unfounded accusations against me and these issues have systematically divided our nation and have (cast) doubts in our electoral system which has affected not only myself, this Institution, but the public as well."
In 2007, Pimentel filed an election protest before the Senate Electoral Tribunal because of the alleged fraud in Mindanao in favor of Zubiri. In a July interview with Inquirer, Pimentel suggested that Zubiri resign because he was "the personification of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in this country." Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, however, said that Pimentel is not eligible to replace Zubiri.
Now former senator Miguel Zubiri announces his resignation on GMA News.