After more than six hours of oral arguments – the lion’s (or should i say lioness’) share of which was devoted to the intrepid Atty. de Lima – the Supreme Court ended up deadlocked on whether it should grant Atty. Koko Pimentel’s prayer for a temporary restraining order.
Leaving aside analyzing the ramifications of that 7-7 vote, the failure of the Court to issue a TRO clears the way for the COMELEC to proceed with the proclamation of the 12th winning senator.
Juan Miguel Zubiri’s proclamation as Senator-elect will take place later (14 July 2007) at 10:00 am, at the COMELEC session hall.