34 electoral protests filed in House tribunal

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At least 34 electoral protests have been filed before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) since Congress opened its regular session on Monday.

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said the 34 protests include the cases filed against Dr. Angelina Tan of the Fourth District of Quezon and Marindique Rep. Regina Reyes.

Tan beat the ruling Liberal Party’s (LP) Wigberto “Toby” Tanada Jr., the brother of former House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tanada 3rd. Reyes, on the other hand, defeated former Marinduque representative Lord Allan Velasco, the son of Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco.

“We do hope that that these will be judiciously acted upon by the HRET,” Belmonte said.

The resolution of these cases, however, won’t certainly come fast since the House has yet to form its HRET panel.

“The members of the HRET are yet to be completed because various groups have to be there. We already have some people and we will announce them as soon as the roster is complete,” the Speaker said.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Supreme Court have ruled on the cases of Tan and Reyes, respectively.

The House however continue to recognize Tan and Reyes because the Constitution provides that any election protest filed after the proclamation of any election winner should be solely resolved by the HRET.

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