De Lima wants Tolentino cited for contempt over comments on electoral protest


Posted at Oct 24 2017 02:01 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2017 02:02 PM

MANILA - Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday asked the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to cite in contempt defeated senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino for discussing the merits of his ongoing electoral protest in media interviews.

De Lima, in her motion filed at the SET, said Tolentino violated the sub judice rule when he discussed his electoral protest with various media outfits.

Tolentino ran in the 2016 senatorial race but landed on the 13th spot behind 12th placer De Lima. He has since sought to nullify De Lima's win.

De Lima said that Tolentino, in news reports, had made it appear that there was statistical improbability in the areas of Turtle Island, Tawi-Tawi, Isabela City, Sumisip and Tabuan-Lasa, Basilan and Parang and Matanog, Maguindanao because he received zero votes in those areas. 

She noted that she, too, had received no votes in the said areas. 

De Lima added that the former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman was also "trying to insinuate fraud or irregularity that is not really there" by allegedly giving an impression that 2013 ballots were mixed up with 2016 ballots.

“Protestant Tolentino and his entire revision team knew that only one ballot box pertaining to Clustered Precinct No. 6003008 of Calbayog City, Western Samar referred to the 2013 elections,” De Lima said in her motion.

"When protestant Tolentino makes false and misleading utterances, the integrity of the Tribunal’s proceedings is put in question," she added.

De Lima has been detained at the custodial center in Camp Crame for drug-related charges since February.

Tolentino, on the other hand, was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as his political adviser last June. 

Read De Lima's full motion here: