Poe, Legarda file electoral protests

By Joel Francis Guinto
INQ7.net

(UPDATE) DEFEATED presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. and his running mate, former senator Loren Legarda filed formal protests before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Friday, a spokesman for the Supreme Court, which acts as the PET, told INQ7.net.

In separate petitions against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Senator Noli de Castro, the opposition candidates sought a recount on selected election returns and ballots, one of their lawyers, Rufus Rodriguez, told INQ7.net in a separate interview.

However, the filing of the formal protest does not guarantee a recount since the justices of the high court will have to determine if the complaint is "sufficient in form and substance," Khan said.

"The justices will determine if there are grounds for filing," Khan said.

Poe's lawyer, Sixto Brillantes, meanwhile was confident that the recount would show that Poe and Legarda won the May 10 elections.

"Ultimately, we believe the truth will come out," he told GMA Network's radio station dzBB before he filed the protests.

"We specified the precincts. (The recount will be finished) in six months to one year," Brillantes said.

Brillantes also said he was confident that the Supreme Court would handle the case fairly.

"We hope they'll do it cleanly and correctly. Their integrity is at stake," he added.

Poe left the filing of the case to Brillantes, while Legarda is on her way to the Supreme Court, Rodriguez said. With a report from GMA-7 (Originally posted 9:59 AM)

23/07/2004

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