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Binay wants poll protest dismissed

VICE President Jejomar Binay is seeking the dismissal of the poll protest filed before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal by former Interior  Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Roxas lost to Binay in the vice presidential race in 2010 but contested the non-counting of the  null votes, which he claims could overtake Binay’s 700,000 vote advantage.

In a 19-page submission filed last Monday, Binay sought the dismissal of Roxas’ election protest on the grounds of Roxas’ abandonment of the case.

Binay on Thursday also said  he will push for income tax reform and certify as urgent the bills shelved by the current administration should he win the 2016 presidential race.

“Rest assured that the next administration will support tax reform,” Binay said as he vowed to certify the measure as urgent and call for bipartisan support in the next Congress to refile the bill.

Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman, said the existing tax brackets must be adjusted to the current inflation rate.   

“Our tax system must be seen as fair, meaning those with fat pay checks should pay higher taxes than those whose pay checks are less,” Quicho said.

“It is very sad that teachers, soldiers, the police, nurses and the 22 million workers are bearing the burden of the tax system under the present administration.”

Binay’s lawyers led by Sandra Coronel said Roxas appeared to be no longer interested in pursuing his protest case after he failed to pay the P166,635,000 filing fee.

They also noted Roxas’ inaction on his earlier plea for forensic examination and random manual audit of the ballots, which the Binay camp claims is a “self-serving fishing expedition.”

Binay says it has been five years since Roxas sought the conduct of a forensic examination during a preliminary conference on the case, but Roxas has not filed a motion for a resolution of his plea.

“What the Protestant [Roxas] has done is to cast doubt upon the credibility of the elections based on his surmises and conjectures, which are also trumpeted in media, that the AES (automated election system) was not reliable and that its integrity has been compromised,” Binay said.

“Protestee Vice President Binay respectfully submits that the inaction of the Protestant on his Protest...is a clear evidence of his lack of interest in pursuing the case,” Binay’s camp said.

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