August 3, 2011. Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri resigned from office to protect his honor and integrity, following accusations of poll fraud during the 2007 elections. His irrevocable resignation was the first in Senate history.
Zubiri denied that he cheated, or had any knowledge of the “12-0 sweep” by Team Unity’s senatorial candidates in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, an “operation” revealed earlier by Lintang Bedol and Zaldy Ampatuan.
Atty. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who placed 13th in 2007 and had filed an election protest against Zubiri, was proclaimed Senator on August 11. The Senate Electoral Tribunal declared Pimentel the “real” 12th winning Senator. Koko is the son of former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr.
Also on the Covers:
- August 4: former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo slips out to Hong Kong for a medical check-up, and might skip the Senate inquiry on the anomalous purchase of PNP helicopters
- August 12: after her surgery, Rep. and former Pres. Gloria Arroyo was fitted with a “halo vest”
- August 12: Miss Earth 2008 Paula Henry was stabbed at the parking lot of the condominium where she resides
- August 12: artists seek for the re-opening of Mideo Cruz’ controversial “Kulo” exhibit at the CCP; the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines vehemently pushed for its cancellation
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.