After the COMELEC’s 2rd division cancelled her Certificate of Candidacy, another COMELEC division decided to cancel Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares’ COC.
In a 2-1 decision Friday December 11, COMELEC’s 1st division has ruled to cancel Sen. Poe-Llamanzares’ COC for president. The decision was based on the consolidated petitions filed by former Senator Kit Tatad, UE Law Dean Amado Valdez and De La Salle Professor Antonio Contreras.
Voting in favor of the petitioners were Commissioners Louie Tito Guia and Rowena Guanzon. Commissioner Christian Robert Lim who heads the first division voted in the negative.
According to the decision, the respondent Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares committed material misrepresentation in her COC when she declared in her COC that her length of residency was 10 years and 11 months.
It said there is a “stark variance in the respondent’s declaration of her residence” and her other statements in connection with the case. With those indications, the division saw a clear intent and attempt to deliberately misrepresent her Certificate of Candidacy for president. It also adds, that it is incredible to believe that “a well-educated woman and already a public servant” can commit such lapses in computing her length of residency with all the full support from her staff.
With that the division decided to grant the petitions of the petitioners and cancel the certificate of candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares for president.
The consolidated cases involves Poe-Llamanzares’ residency requirements and her natural born-status. Former Sen. Kit Tatad argued that the senator cannot run because she lacked the residency requirement of 10 years and that she failed the Natural-born status required of a presidential candidate. Dean Amado Valdez meanwhile disputed Poe-Llamanzares natural born-status since she already renounced her being Filipino to become an American citizen. Prof. Contreras on the other hand believes the senator lacked the 10-year residency requirement thus she should be disqualified.
Sen. Poe-Llamanzares’ camp is expected to file a motion for consideration since the decision is not yet final and executory.
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