Disqualification case vs Poe not yet dead

BY ROGER M. BALANza

Senator Grace Poe could suffer an abortion in her premature orgasm over a favorable ruling by the Senate Electoral RBADTribunal (SET) on a petition that sought to disqualify her from running for President in the 2016 election.

But moves to bar Poe  from running for not being a naturalized Filipino is not yet dead even as the SET voted 5-4 in favor of the Senator who is also facing four other disqualification petitions before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Rizalito David, who filed the petition before the SET. Is gearing for battle that could go up to the High Court.

The Philippine Constitution requires that politicians running for president, vice president, senator, and congressmen should be natural-born citizens.

The petition by David claims that since Poe’s biological parents are not known, there is a possibility that she is not a natural-born Filipino, and therefore not qualified to seek the presidency.

Poe is an adopted daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe, Jr. and actress Susan Roces.

The 9-member SET which ruled on the petition against Poe on November 17 is composed of six Senators and three Supreme Court Justices.

In favor of Poe were Senators Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Vicente Sotto III.

Voting to disqualify Poe were SET chairman Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, chairman, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Associate Justice Arturo Brion and Senator Nancy Binay.

The vote clearly indicates how politics desecrated the law in the SET ruling through the power of numbers.

DAVID

Reacting to the SET ruling, David said the vote was a temporary relief” for Poe.  

The favorable SET ruling may not indeed,  be the end to the woes of Poe, who is contesting the presidency with Vice President Jejomar Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Mar Roxas of the ruling Liberal Party and Senator Miriam Santiago.

Manuelito Luna, the lawyer of David, earlier said he would file a motion for reconsideration if SET rules in favor of Poe.

Luna also said David may also toss the case to the Supreme Court.

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