Koko Pimentel seeks full Senate term

The son of former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. has been active in various socio-civic and awareness campaigns during his life as a student.

His advocacies did not stop him from graduating with honors from Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines before topping the Philippine Bar Examinations in 1990.

The younger Pimentel also became a professional lecturer in De La Salle Professional Schools, University of the East, and Far Eastern University until 1994.

These got recognition from President Fidel V. Ramos, who appointed him to represent Mindanao to the National Youth Commission from 1995 to 1998.

While working as a lawyer, he also co-anchored several radio programs before deciding to join the senatorial race in the 2007 mid-term elections.

Pimentel suffered a defeat from then Bukidnon Rep. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, who managed to secure the 12th slot with a narrow margin of 18,000 votes in a recount held in July 2007.

Complaining he was cheated in Maguindanao, Pimentel went to question Zubiri’s proclamation before the Supreme Court that eventually dismissed his petitions.

After four years of protest, Pimentel won the recount in the Senate Electoral Tribunal, which forced Zubiri to step down and made him as the 12th legitimate senator in August 2011.

Pimentel then assumed to chair the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation as well as the Senate Select Oversight Committee on Suffrage.

He has established the Kontra Pandaraya Movement to ensure that every Filipino will be protected from all forms of cheating and corruption.
He has also advocated strongly for local autonomy, environment, Overseas Filipino Workers, youth and justice in his 1 year and 5 months of sitting as senator.

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