The COMELEC on Tuesday December 1 has disqualified presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares on the grounds of her residency in the country.
COMELEC’s 2nd division voted unanimously (3-0) to uphold the case filed by Atty. Estrella Elamparo asking to debuked Sen. Poe’s Certificate of Candidacy for President after the senator failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement. Elamparo asserted that Poe missed the 10-year residency making her not qualified to run for President in the 2016 Philippine elections.
On the decision, COMELEC’s 2nd division said “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.”
The decision was signed by 2nd division commisioner’s Al Parreño, Arthur Lim and Sherrif Abas.
Sen. Poe’s camp has already confirmed the decision and said they will appeal the case to the COMELEC en banc. Sought for her reaction the Senator said this is not yet the end.
She said she will continue to fight for the rights of the foundlings and the right of the people to chose their leaders.
“We will continue to fight for the rights of foundlings and the fundamental right of the people to choose their leaders,” – Sen. Grace Poe.