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Zubiri , Juan Miguel Fernandez

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April 13, 1968

Early life Spice Boys, a group of neophyte and two-term congressmen who were openly critical of President Joseph Estrada’s administration. He was subsequently re-elected to the Philippine House of Representatives in the 2001 and 2004 elections.

Senate, 2007-2011[Pimentel vs. Zubiri electoral protest

The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on June 19, 2008 resolved to proceed with the election protest of Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III: “Indeed, there is reasonable ground to believe that the final outcome of the case could affect the officially proclaimed results of the 12th senatorial position in the May 14, 2007 national elections, hence, the election protest case deserves further proceedings by the tribunal.”[12]

Resignation[Philippine Senate on August 3, 2011, Zubiri announced his resignation from the Senate.[2] In his speech, he said that his family was hurt by the “unfounded” accusations against him. “Without admitting any fault and with my vehement denial of the alleged electoral fraud hurled against me, I am submitting my resignation as a duly elected Senator of the Republic of the Philippines in the election for which I am falsely accused without mercy and compassion,” Zubiri said in his speech. “My political detractors began calling me ugly names and dragging the name of my family in entirety. In other words, Mr. President, the trial by publicity has begun,” he continued.

Recently, Zaldy Ampatuan, a suspect in the Maguindanao massacre case and suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor, claimed that during the 2007 polls, the camp of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered that votes from three senatorial candidates from the opposition in Maguindanao be transferred to Zubiri.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, a member of the SET likewise refused to comment on what the next procedure is for the vacancy left by Zubiri. “Let’s just wait for developments if any,” he said.[13]

On August 11, Aquilino Pimentel III was proclaimed Senator of the Philippines.