THE Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) has dismissed the quo warranto petition seeking to declare Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III ineligible for the senatorial term 2019-2025.
In it's 17-page decision, the SET ruled that the quo warranto petition filed by Reymar Mansilungan and Efren Adan has no merit.
Petitioners Mansilungan and Adan questioned Pimentel's eligibility saying it would be Pimentel's third term in the Senate after serving last 2007-2013 and 2013-2019.
They explained that based on Section 4, Article VI of the Constitution, a senator must serve no more than two consecutive terms.
The SET,in their ruling pointed out that it is a requisite that a senator has fully served two terms.
"The involuntary interrupted term, cannot, in the context of the disqualification rule, be considered as one term for purposes of counting the term threshold," SET said in the ruling.
"Respondent was not prohibited to run and be elected for the 2019-2025 Ssenatorial term as he has yet to serve two consecutive senatorial terms in full within the contemplation of prevailing law and jurisprudence," it added.
Based on records, Piment won a Senate seat in the 2007 polls but was only proclaimed winner in August 2011 after the SET ruled in favor of his election protest against Juan Miguel Zubiri. He was re-elected as senator in 2013.
Pimentel's candidacy last 2019 was allowed by the Commission on Elections since he did not fully serve the 2007-2013 senatorial term.