MANILA, Philippines - Defeated mayoral candidate Lito Atienza has withdrawn an election protest he filed against Mayor Alfredo Lim, the Manila city government said in a statement yesterday.
Atienza, in a Jan. 11 motion granted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), also asked to be allowed to withdraw the balance of the cash deposit he made in connection with the protest, the statement read.
Alicia Risos-Vidal, Limâ€™s lawyer, welcomed the development as something long overdue. Her office had provided a copy of the motions and the Comelecâ€™s order.
In line with the withdrawal of Atienzaâ€™s protest, the poll body ordered its finance services department to refund Atienza the remaining cash deposit of P4.4 million.
During the 2010 elections, Lim garnered 395,910 votes compared to Atienzaâ€™s 181,094 votes.
The Comelecâ€™s first division dismissed Atienzaâ€™s poll protest on Sept. 13, 2011. The Comelec subsequently affirmed the divisionâ€™s ruling, saying that even if all the votes from Atienzaâ€™s pinpointed precincts were accepted, he would not overtake Limâ€™s lead of 214,816 votes.