Comelec orders disqualification for Grace Poe on presidential race


Grace Poe express her dismay over her disqualification ordered by Comelec second division.

MANILA, Philippines-- Commission on Elections (Comelec) second division has formally announced disqualification for Senator Grace Poe on the 2016 presidential race. The three-member division released a 35-page resolution elaborating their decision:

"We would have wanted to declare the respondent eligible to seek the highest position in the land within the gift of our people. After all, she is not only popular; she is, potentially, a good leader. However, it is our bounden duty to resolve this case by applying the Constitution, law, jurisprudence, and none other."

For weeks, Poe has been battling over multiple disqualification cases petitioned by lawyer Estrella Elamparo, who is claiming that Poe made a 'material misinterpretation on her coc'. The latter is seeking cancellation of the former's certificate of candidacy for presidency due to Poe's questionable citizenship.

Poe's position on running for the highest post in 2016 has been questioned for her citizenship. The 1987 Philippine Constitution mandates that a presidential candidate must have at least 10 years of residency in the country, however Poe failed to meet the requirement.

"Wherefore, in view of all the foregoing considerations, the instant Petition to Deny Due Course to or Cancel Certificate of Candidacy is hereby granted," the division stated in the resolution.
Following the release of resolution was a hurried press conference on Tuesday night where Poe expressed her disappointment over the Comelec's decision.

"I am disappointed in the decision, but this is not the end of the process. We will continue to fight for the rights of foundlings and the fundamental right of the people to choose their leaders."

Poe even compared the situation with her late adoptive father, Fernando Poe Jr., who also faced several disqualification cases during his quest for presidency last 2004.

"My critics will use any excuse to exclude me, much like they tried to do when FPJ ran for president, and in the process disenfranchising the people as well. They show a lack of trust in the ability of Filipinos to make the right decision," Poe added.

On the other hand, Poe's spokesperson, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian stated that despite of the division's ruling, the senator assures her supporters that their journey for the presidency will continue.




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Comelec orders disqualification for Grace Poe on presidential race
Grace Poe express her dismay over her disqualification ordered by Comelec second division.
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