Senator Zubiri , the first Senator resigned from post in the history of the Philippine Senate

Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri resigned from his post yesterday saying that honor goes above anything

Miguel Zubiri resigned yesterday 4 years after he became senator. In his privilege speech, he came up with decision because of “unfounded accusations” against him that hurts his family.

“I am resigning because of these unfounded accusations against me and these issues has systematically divided our nation and has cast doubts in our electoral system which has affected not only myself, this Institution but the public as well,” Zubiri said.

“And as a legislator, who is being referred to in the Senate as “Your Honor”, I believe that my honor is something that should never be subject to taint,” he added.

This is amid fresh revelations by Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol of alleged fraud in the 2007 elections.

“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,” a calm Zubiri said as he delivered his privileged speech.

“I have seen and felt the suffering of my family, and from the burrows of my conscience, I could not allow this to happen, let alone be tolerated,” Zubiri added.

“I did not cheat nor ask anyone to cheat for me and my family. We would never tolerate any form of electoral fraud,” he added.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he would study Zubiri’s resignation. However, Zubiri insisted his resignation and stressed that it was irrevocable.

2007 Poll Fraud

Zubiri, an administration, landed the 12th spot for the Senate, defeating Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, an opposition in 2007 election. The difference of the votes was less than 20,000.

Pimentel has since contested Zubiri’s win but failed to get the High Court’s restraining order on Zubiri’s proclamation.

Zubiri was proclaimed Senator on July 2007 with 11,001,730 votes, a little over Pimentel’s 10,983,358. An electoral protest is pending before the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

Former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. said he is hoping his son could soon get the post.

“We are hoping it will happen sooner or later,” he said, noting that Koko still have less than two years to work in the Senate.

As for Zubiri, he said he would “live in happiness and peace” with his family.

“I will leave the Senate with my head held up high, knowing that despite all endeavors that came my way, I was able to survive and perform, and I did so with the support of those who believed in me and my advocacies,” he added.

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