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Manila – The Supreme Court of the Philippines, voting 9-6 has paved the way for Grace Poe’s Presidential candidacy. This was announced by Supreme Court spokesperson Teodoro Te in media.
Cases were filed in the COMELEC questioning the eligibility of the Senator to seek the highest office of the land. The cases were divided into to two: 1) the question of foundlings being citizens of the Philippines and 2) if the Senator had met the residency requirements.
The COMELEC decided against Senator Grace Poe who thereafter elevated the matter of the issues. The Supreme Court issued a TRO against the COMELEC on the issue prompting the COMELEC to include her name in the printing of Smartmatic election ballots.
The Supreme Court consolidated all the complaints and heard oral arguments on the matter. Senator Poe on the other hand, being a Government Official was represented by the Solicitor General of the Philippines in this landmark case.
Solicitor General Florence Hilbay in his arguments said that foundlings are an insular minority entitled to their fundamental political rights. He also said that Poe reacquired her natural-born Philippine citizenship when she availed of repatriation under Republic Act 9225 and that she validly renounced her US citizenship.
Senator Poe likewise hurdled a previous complaint filed with the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) requesting her removal from the position of Senator for the same reasons as filed in the Supreme Court case.
Nine SC Justices voted in favor of Poe were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, and Francis Jardeleza. Majority of whom are Aquino appointees.
Campaign organizers of Poe were elated and said: “It’s all go for Poe!”
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