poe disqualification

QUO VADIS GRACE? DISQUALIFICATION LOOMING

SLAPPED WITH 4 PETITIONS

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Senator Grace Poe is facing four roadblocks that could stop her from joining the 2016 presidential race: three disqualification cases filed at the Commission on Election (Comelec) and another at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

 

The cases against Poe, who is running an independent dash to the presidency against three other contenders, involve questions on her residency and citizenship requirement as a candidate for President and elected Senator in the 2010 election.

If Poe is out of the race, the remaining aspirants  in the presidential derby are Vice President Jejomar Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Mar Roxas of the administration Liberal party (LP) and Senator Miriam Santiago. Another top contender, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to join the contest.

On October 20, Antonio Contreras, political science professor of the De La Salle University asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cancel Poe’s Certificate Of Candidacy (COC), saying she lacks the 10-year minimum residency required by law and the Constitution.

Former senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad on October 19 filed at the Comelec a disqualification case against Poe.

Tatad is a former ally of the late action star Fernando Poe Jr., the senator’s father.

Earlier on October 16, lawyer Estrella Elamparo, former chief legal counsel and spokesperson of the Government Service Insurance System, filed a petition  questioning Poe’s qualification to run in the 2016 election.

In a 72-page “Petition to Deny Due Course To or Cancel COC,” Elamparo urged the Comelec to disqualify Poe for her alleged failure to comply with the citizenship and residency requirements under the Constitution.

Poe committed a material misrepresentation in stating (in her Certificate of Candidacy) that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen, said Elamparo in assailing Poe’s citizenship. 

Elamparo urged the Comelec to disqualify Poe for her alleged failure to comply with the citizenship and residency requirements under the Constitution.

Poe committed a material misrepresentation in stating (in her Certificate of Candidacy) that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen, said Elamparo in assailing Poe’s citizenship. 

Elamparo said Poe also misrepresented herself  when she declared that she had been a resident of the Philippines for a period of at least 10 years.

A 10-year residency is required under the Constitution to qualify as a candidate to the presidency.

She said that Poe “abandoned her residence in the Philippines when she became a naturalized citizen of the United States.”

Article 7, Section 2 states: “No person may be elected President unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least forty years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election.”

Tatad maintained Poe is not a natural-born citizen as she has “unknown parents” and that she failed to comply with the 10-year residency requirement for a president.

The fourth roadblock to Poe’s presidential bid is Rizalito David, who filed a disqualification case against the Senator at the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

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