SC junks bid to nullify proclamation of 12 winning senators

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2015 03:36 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2015 11:36 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed a petition that seeks to nullify the proclamation of the twelve winning senators in the 2013 elections.

In a 7-page decision, the high court junked the petition filed by Bangon Pilipinas Party that sought the issuance of a writ declaring null and void all acts involving the conduct of the 2013 polls, including the proclamation of the winning senators.

Bangon Pilipinas cited alleged discrepancies in the election results that allegedly led to the manipulation of 37 million votes.

Bangon Pilipas also urged the SC to stop the future use of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines of Smartmatic-Total Information Management (Smartmatic-TIM) and the source code of Dominion Voting System Corp., alleging that the canvassed returns were programmed to produce a "60-30-10" pattern, wherein 60% of the votes favored the administration coalition, 30% of the votes went to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), and the remaining 10% went to small parties and independent candidates.

In its ruling, the high court said that the petitioner should have first filed an election protest which is the proper remedy in this case.

"[T]he court cannot issue an injunction based on factual matters yet to be established and solely on legal arguments already debunked in past case precedents," the decision read.

Bangon Pilipinas' Bro. Eddie Villanueva ran for the Senate in 2013 but lost and placed only 19th.