By Leslie Ann Aquino
A disqualification case has been filed against Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Monday.
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said he filed the disqualification case against Pimentel as the latter is no longer eligible to seek reelection in the May 2019 midterm polls.
“Senator Pimentel is ineligible to run as such under the two consecutive term limit rule as provided under the 1987 Constitution,” read his nine-page petition.
“Having already served for two consecutive terms as a senator, Pimentel is clearly ineligible to run for the same office as, otherwise, his election would allow him to serve for more than two consecutive terms,” said Topacio.
He was referring to Section 4, Article VI of the 1987 Constitution which states that no senator shall serve for more than two consecutive terms.
Pimentel ran for senator in the 2007 polls and lost the 12th and last place to Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri which prompted him to file an electoral protest against the latter at Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).
The SET in 2011 later proclaimed Pimentel as the duly-elected senator.
Pimentel again ran for reelection in the 2013 elections and won another six-year term.
Topacio said Pimentel’s Certificate of Candidacy for senator should, therefore, be denied due course or cancelled due to material misrepresentation on his eligibility.