Manila Bulletin - Comelec starts receiving poll protests

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin

The number of electoral protest cases that have already been filed before the Commission on Elections is now more than 30.

The Comelec Electoral Contests Adjudication Department revealed that as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the number of electoral protests is now 36.

It did not provide any further details.

Last week, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that the protests were mostly about the elections.

He added that some of the protest cases lodged are those from Taguig, San Juan, Leyte, Kalinga and Negros.

Asked if he expects the number to still increase, he answered affirmatively noting the penchant of some Filipinos in filing complaints.

“We do have a penchant for filing complaints when we lose so we expect more,” said Jimenez.

“Again, we invite anyone with complaints to approach us in official channels particularly local Comelec so we could act on your complaints the soonest,” he added.

Under existing procedures, protest cases involving senators are brought before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) while those for congressmen are handled by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).

For positions in city and provincial elective positions, the jurisdiction is with the COMELEC head office while poll protests of municipal elective positions shall be lodged with Regional Trial Courts.