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The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) verdict not to disqualify Senator Grace Poe from running in the 2016 election is a big plus to the presidential bid of  Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Despite this perceived benefit for her father, Senator Nancy Binay opted to vote in favor of a petition seeking to disqualify  Poe on grounds of being not a natural-born Filipino.

In the SET ruling —  5 against 4 — on November 17, Binay took the side of three Supreme Court Justices – SET chairman Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, chairman, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Associate Justice Arturo Brion –  in favor of the disqualification petition filed by Rizalito David.

Poe won her case in the 9-member SET with five senators – Senators Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Vicente Sotto III – voting in favor in her favor.

In a statement, Binay said she voted to disqualify Poe despite political analysts saying that   her father would stand to gain if Poe would run in a race with more candidates vying for the presidency.

“With my father’s core supporters intact, the other votes will be split among the other candidates,” she explained.

Aside from independent candidate Poe and Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), two others are running for President: Mar Roxas of the ruling Liberal party and Senator Miriam Santiago.

Her vote with the justices of the Supreme Court was based on, among others, evidence presented by Poe regarding her citizenship and adoption, said Binay in the statement.

“This case is not about my father or the presidential election,” Binay said. “This is about the provisions of the Constitution which each and every Filipino must uphold.”

The Constitution provides that a candidate for President should be a natural-born Filipino, which, Binay said, Poe is not.

She said she voted to disqualify Poe as a senator of the country who is “entrusted by the Filipinos to uphold the law.”

Disqualification case vs Poe not yet dead


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.


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.


Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan says Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former President now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap”  Estrada are supporting the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar BInay.

Their body language shows it, said a confident Honasan, running mate of Binay, the standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the 2016 May elections.

Enrile and Estrada  appeared at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City, the official residence of the Vice President, on Tuesday, November 10, to greet Binay on his 73rd birthday.

The body language of Enrile and Estrada during their appearance, indicates support for Binay, according to Honasan, the vice chairman of UNA.

Enrile, Estrada and Binay were the so-called “Three Kings” of UNA, which was largely credited with the victorious vice presidential campaign of Binay against Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas in the 2010 elections.

Binay will have his second encounter in the presidential race in 2016 with Roxas, the administration presidential bet.

I beat him once, I will beat him against, said a confident Binay earlier.

Binay will be fighting a four-cornered contest for the presidency with Roxas, Senator Grace Poe and Senator Miriam Santiago.

UNA, which fielded Estrada in the 2010 presidential race against then Senator Benigno Aquino (Liberal Party), was founded as an opposition coalition by   Enrile, Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and Binay, then the chairman of the  Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).


Says she is ready for vigorous physical campaign
By Jelly F. Musico

 Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday declared she is ready even for “vigorous physical campaign” and “even with” the 2016 presidential election.

”If you mean by vigorous physical campaign engaging in battle by means of boxing or wrestling, I’m ready for that too because my father was a martial art,” Santiago replied when the media asked if she was ready for physically rigorous campaign.

Santiago, who is seeking presidency for the third time, said the mere fact that she was accepting speaking engagement, “that is the result of very advanced cancer medication.”

”People are not aware of it and I’m glad that I have been given an opportunity to make people know that the situation has changed completely,” she said.

In July 2014, Santiago announced that she has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and early this year, she said she has beaten her cancer.

”In effect, nobody dies from cancer anymore. Every month there are a dozen of new medications. The only problem with these new medicines is that they are very, very expensive. So as long as my contributors will be able to help me survive, I’ll be able to finish the campaign and even win it,” Santiago said.

Santiago said what is more important in determining the capabilities of a presidential candidate “is not the strength of their machinery or their organization but the strength of their brains when they appear on TV and they answer questions that are not given beforehand.”

“That is the problem with these so-called debates, the questions are given in advance so all the candidates do is really to read prearranged answers,” the feisty lady senator said.

Santiago is eyeing Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos as her running mate. Both ran and won as senators in 2010 under the Nacionalista Party (NP) of former Senator Manny Villar. (PNA)