Supreme Court junks Roxas poll protest vs Binay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2016 04:51 PM

MANILA – The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the electoral protest filed by Manuel Roxas against former Vice-President Jejomar Binay in 2010 as it was no longer relevant.

"Courts refrain from deciding on moot cases because any decision would have no practical purpose," the high court said, in a statement read by SC spokesperson Theodore Te.

The SC, which sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, also dismissed the counter-protest filed by Binay against Roxas.

The high court explained that as Leni Robredo, who prevailed over rival Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in a similarly controversial election, had already assumed her position as the country's new Vice-President, "the tenure of the office being contested by Roxas and Binay had expired."

Further, the two parties had also failed to express their continued interest in pursuing the case, and also both ran for President in the 2016 polls.

Roxas, who was running mate of former President Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 national polls, filed an electoral protest questioning the results of the elections declaring Binay as Vice-President.

READ: Roxas files protest vs Binay

Roxas asked the SC to consider close to three million null votes, or votes with incorrectly-shaded ballots, which were not counted by the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, as these could erase Binay's 727,084-vote margin.

Roxas also asked the SC to order an independent forensic examination of 26,000 compact flash cards used in the May 2010 polls, as well as the source code of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.