The Commission of Elections (Comelec) of the second division has removed from qualification of presidential poll front runner Senator Grace Poe from running for as president in the 2016 election.
Senator Grace Poe
Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares or commonly just Grace Poe is a Filipino philanthropist, educator, businesswoman, and politician. She held office in the Senate of the Philippines and previously served as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. She also achieved the top place in Senate election with over 20 million votes, ahead of Loren Lagarda.
The petition filed by lawyer Estrella Elamparo, which seeks to disqualify Senator Grace Poe due to the failure of the required 10-years residency required provided in the Constitution, was ruled by the Comelec.
Estrella Elamparo claimed the Grace Poe made a “material misrepresentation on her COC.”
The spokesperson of Grace Poe, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, however said that the senator is unfazed will continue to combat for presidency.
“Isa itong bahagi ng proseso. It’s a decision of a division. We will make sure that we will appeal the decision in the Comelec en banc,” Gatchalian said.
Poe is facing a number of disqualification cases regarding her citizenship and her failure to satisfy the 10-years residency required to run for presidency.
“Poe I still a candidate and we will make sure to exhaust all legal remedies,” he added.
It has been provided that in 1987 Constitution only natural-born Filipinos are allowed to assume the presidency. A voting of 5-4 was ruling to disregard the petition filed by senatorial loser Rizalito David seeking to disqualify Grace Poe from running because she is not a natural-born Filipino.