Lawyer asks Comelec to cancel Grace Poe’s COC

Senator Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares waves to her supporters shortly after her speech declaring her candidacy for the presidential election in 2016, at the Bahay Alumni in U.P. Diliman on Wednesday. Poe, running as an independent, finally ended months of speculation on her political plans. (MNS photo)

Senator Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares waves to her supporters shortly after her speech declaring her candidacy for the presidential election in 2016, at the Bahay Alumni in U.P. Diliman on Wednesday. Poe, running as an independent, finally ended months of speculation on her political plans. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A lawyer on Friday filed a disqualification case before the Commission on Elections against Senator Grace Poe a day after the lawmaker filed her certificate of candidacy for president.

Lawyer Estrella Elamparo, a former legal counsel of the Government Service Insurance System, filed a petition to deny due course or cancel certificate of candidacy.

Elamparo said that Poe failed to satisfy two the citizenship and residency requirements for a presidential candidate under the country’s laws.

She said that she was bringing the petition in her individual capacity as a registered voter and not for any candidates or group.

A lawyer on Friday filed a disqualification case before the Commission on Elections against Senator Grace Poe a day after the lawmaker filed her certificate of candidacy for president.

“Sa kaso ni Senator Grace Poe, unfortunately hindi niya kilala ang kanyang mga magulang, hindi matitiyak na siya ay citizen from birth,” the lawyer explained. “She is presumed a natural born citizen pero ito ay isang presumption lamang.”

Elamparo added that even if it was proven that her parents were indeed Filipino, Poe would still have a problem.

“Siya ay nag-naturalize bilang US citizen noong 2001. Up to 2006, she was an American citizen. Nag-apply lamang siya ng re-acquisition ng dual citizenship law noong 2006… Dahil meron pong pagkakahinto sa kanyang citizenship, ang citizenship niya ngayon ay hindi from birth kundi from 2006,” Elamparo said.

“It will be unthinkable na iyong dalawang basic requirements ng Constitution ay hindi kino-comply ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas,” she added.

Senator Poe said she welcomed the disqualification case filed against her.

“Okay lang. Inaasahan na namin iyan para sabay-sabay na ring mapag-aralan,” she told reporters.

Lawyer George Garcia, counsel of Poe, said they totally expected and prepared for the new disqualification case filed against the senator.

“We know who are the people behind this and their evil plans. This is just the beginning and definitely will not be the last. We will fight them to the end, armed only with the law, reason and the truth,” he said in a press statement.

He said that their faith in the Comelec and the collective wisdom of its members is unparalled.

“We assure our supporters and the Filipino people that justice will prevail and we will emerge victorious in this fight,” he said. (MNS)

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