Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri resigned his post as a senator of the Republic. He cited the anguish and pressures on his family due to the accusations of electoral fraud in Maguindanao. Maguindanao in 2007, of course, was the crucial elections that enabled Zubiri to surpass the electoral lead of Aquilino Pimentel III; he was proclaimed the 12th senator.
The Lintang Bedol testimony regarding the 2007 elections was devastating to Zubiri’s senatorial fortunes. The only redeeming feature in the situation is that he was not directly implicated in the Maguindanao electoral fraud. This in fact proved a boon since this left the opening that he exploited today when he resigned.
Zubiri thereby preserved his political options. By resigning with his honor intact, he may opt to run again for public office in future elections.
He however worsened the problem of the Arroyos. Who would have the political clout to undertake the Lintang Bedol operation to meddle with a national election? Thereby hangs a tale.
The plot thickens and events are fast moving.