Atienza drops election protest vs Lim

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 21 2013 06:41 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2013 10:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Lito Atienza has withdrawn his election protest against Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, more than two years after he first questioned the results of the local elections.

Atienza withdrew his protest in a motion filed last January 11, as he does not intend to pursue it anymore. The Commission on Elections approved his motion in an order dated January 16, 2013.

Atienza also moved that he be allowed to withdraw the remaining balance of the cash deposit he made in connection with his protest, amounting to P4,370,379.21. Comelec will facilitate the refund.

According to Lim’s legal counsel Alicia Risos-Vidal, the “welcome” development was long overdue.

In September 2011, the Comelec’s first division dismissed Atienza’s initial protest of Lim’s victory in the May 2010 polls, thereby confirming Lim’s election as mayor of Manila.

However, Atienza continued to question his opponent’s victory. He asserted that ballots and ballot boxes had been tampered with, leading to Lim’s overwhelming lead of 214,816 votes.