Aquino to SC: Clarify rules on citizenship

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FERNANDO AIR BASE, Batangas: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday asked Supreme Court (SC) justices to clarify the country’s laws on citizenship after it ruled that Sen. Grace Poe is qualified to run for President.

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One of the requirements for presidential candidates is that they should be natural-born Filipino citizens.

“Sana yung Korte Suprema dito sa kanilang desisyon ay magbigay ng todong kalinawan o paglilinaw sa sambayanan in their role as educator as far as the law is concerned [I hope that the Supreme Court, as educator, would explain its decision to the people in legal terms],” Aquino told reporters in an interview.

“Para maging klarung-klaro sa lahat ng ating mamamayan kung ano ba talaga ang alituntunin sa pagiging citizen or non-citizen ng ating bansa [For the people to clearly know the requirements for one to be a citizen and the bases for one to be called a non-citizen],” he said.

The President added that the tribunal should clarify how Poe reacquired her Filipino citizenship.

She supposedly visited a consular office in 2011 to renounce her citizenship when she was already the chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

The High Court, voting of 9-6, on Tuesday reversed a decision of the Commission on Elections to disqualify Poe from running for President in the May 2016 elections.
The poll body, in its unanimous decision, said Poe is not a natural-born citizen and she also failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement imposed by law on presidential candidates.

The high tribunal is yet to come up with a ruling that will explain how majority of the justices came to their decision that Poe, a foundling, is a natural-born Filipino.

Aquino admitted that the SC decision will boost Poe’s candidacy.

“Gaano katagal? Hindi natin masabi ‘yan [For how long? We can’t say],” the President said.

Poe, who is running as an independent candidate, has consistently topped presidential surveys.

But Aquino said he will not worry about the effects of the SC decision, noting that they are beyond his control.

He noted the independence of the High Court, as four of his six appointees voted in Poe’s favor.

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  1. New rules for citizenship,

    Bring the fake documents and lies on the application and you will be a citizen if you come from a rich family and are backed by whatever dynasty family is running the government.

  2. Are you implying that the 9 justices were paid to make that decision. nobody will do this if the future of our country is at stake. Would you rather have Binay as our president? Because if Poe is disqualified, Binay will surely win.

  3. Poe is the planB of PNoy because he do not believe Roxas can win.
    PlanB because he does not want to go to prison.
    Pakunwari pa raw magtanong ng “clarify rules”…

    • Stop this Plan B scenario of Pinoy. From the start, Pinoy is campaigning for Poe disqualification. Poe knows this, always remember that Pinoy does not turn around and be a traitor with his friends. Mar is his close friend. Pinoy values friendship , that I am sure.

    • Every appointee and Liberal Party member is on record stating they want Poe to be declared a natural born citizen. 5 senators on the SET committee voted to let her remain a senator.
      You would have to be dim witted to think that Aquino wants Poe disqualified.

      Poe has already stated that should she be elected she would appoint Aquino as a Anti Corruption adviser. That pretty funny seeing that her choice is the pork barrel king and the Dap fund author.

      Aquino is backing Poe in exchange for keeping him out of jail.

  4. Ordinary Filipino people, like myself, can better explain in layman’s term on how and why the Supreme Court Justices voted for Grace Poe. I cannot sound like a lawyer nor an educator, because I am not. It is also beyond my comprehension level to fully understand the mechanics and the dynamics of Philippine politics.

    There is one thing I know for sure, and that is the dynamics of money in Philippine politics. Everything can be thrown out of the window when MONEY is involved in the equation and favorable results will always benefits, whoever have this mighty element, this to include twisted interpretation of the Philippine Constitution by the Supreme Court Justices.

    The Justices that voted for Grace Poe are confident enough to say that they interpreted the constitution correctly and there were so many factors involved before they arrived into that conclusion. They would go on and invoke the “Judicial Independence”. In layman’s term, this means SHUT UP and live with it!

    • Are you implying that the 9 justices were paid to make that decision. nobody will do this if the future of our country is at stake. Would you rather have Binay as our president? Because if Poe is disqualified, Binay will surely win.

    • Agree ako saiyo dahil sabi sa Sampung Utos ng Diyos Huwag kang Magnanakaw kaya kung tumanggap ng suhol para magbigay ng maling kahulugan ng batas hindi kasalanan yon dahil hindi masama ang tumanggap at ang nagbibigay ay pinagpapala. Kaya sa disisyon ng Korte Suprema sino ang Pinagpala?

  5. To Grace Poe, remember that Pinoy Aquino is not you friend. He is the mastermind on your DQ case. Do what is right. File all criminal case on Pinoy after his term is over like what Pinoy did with Arroyo which up to now is in hospital arrest. Also include Binay and family. They will be cell mates in jail.

  6. Stop pretending already. Why didn’t you question your cousin Bam as to why he voted in favor of Grace Poe in the SET when you know very well this will complicate Mar Roxas’ chances of winning the elections. As Bam Aquino is a member of the Liberal Party, isn’t he suppose to toe the line and by voting against in the SET for Grace Poe reaffirms his support for the Liberal party candidate. And no one will question that. Like your sister Kris you are also an actor but a lousy one.

  7. Dapat linawin ng SC kay pnoy at sa mga tao kung paano sila nagdecide yungkol sa kaso ni Grace Poe para hindi narin magdalawang isip ang mga tao at hindi na sila magkaroon ng speculation na may dinaya o may ibang naganap sa pag desisyon sa kaso ni grace poe.

  8. Natalia Salvacion on

    Nagsalita na ang supreme court, QUALIFIED si SENATOR GRACE POE. Kaya tanggapin niyo na. Lahat naman tayo, nagsimula sa pagiging ordinaryong tao, nangarap maging mabuting mamamayan, hinangad na makatulong sa kapwa, sadya lang talagang may mga taong hindi marunong tumanggap ng katotohanan. pinuno nila ang isip at puso nila ng mga pangit na strategy para lang mapanatili nila ang sarili kung nasaan sila, pinagtakpan ang batas dahil sa perang meron sila, kulang nalang maging by one take na ang hustisya. sa panahon ngayon isa lang ang taong nakikita kong hindi magiging bias, hindi magiging puppet, hindi pipiliin ang tutulungan at hindi mananahimik sa mga nakikitang problema. yes, hindi pa ganun kahaba ang kanyang karanasan sa politika pero hindi naman iyon dahilan para husgahan siya na walang kakayanan. tigilan na din natin ang pagkumpara sa kanya sa mga pulpol na pulitiko. nag iisa nalang siya na may paninindigan at kusang maglingkod. kaya naman senator grace poe, huwag ka papatinag, manatili kang matatag sa lahat ng hamon ng iyong mga kalaban at detractors. nandito lang kami na susuporta sa bawat laban mo :) ikaw ang aming presidente!

    • Hindi naman kasi tama, kung susundin mo ang BATAS, ako kahit paano may Political Science akong Subject and though I am not LAWYER it is too clear stated in the constitution what is the real stand of Grace’s
      present situation regarding her lack of residency…ano pang saysay ng batas na iyan kung kaya din lang ma-twist, kung sa INTEGRITY ang pag uusapan, walang wala ano…. ganoon tolerable ha! Walang pinag iba sa next generation, it will be inherited by the next generation kapag may pera ka JUSTICE is for SALE!
      But look at the PhilHealth and SSS, they never do anything to find ways helping the people!

  9. The SC ruling declaring Grace Poe Llamanzares as foundling born & found in the Philippines would pave the way for a real Chinese from mainland to become a senator, Vice-President, President of the Philippines.
    If I am the President of China together with my wife would send my Chinese daughter or daughter in law to give birth in the Philippines with a pre-arrange Fil-Chinese friend or relative with a Filipino sounding surname & a Filipino citizen to adopt my grandson or daughter who found him/ her in a church in Pangasinan as a foundling. I would therefore finance the adoptive friend who acted as adoptive parents of my child with good education & good sorroundings until his right age to run for congressman, senator the finally for President of the Philippines.
    Who can contest now that my son/daughter is not a natural born Filipino & therefore can run as President since the latest decision of the Supreme Court considered a foundling a natural born citizen.

    Finally The President of The Philippines is a real grandson of the President of China
    The end result is the end of the Philippine claims on Spratley’s

    Our children of the next generation will curse the the 9 justices of present Supreme Court as a traitor to the Philippine Sovereignty.