Binay refuses to inhibit from Grace Poe case

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DESPITE speculations that her participation in the hearing of the quo warranto case filed against Senator Grace Poe may be politically motivated, opposition Senator Nancy Binay on Monday said she will actively participate in the proceedings at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

Binay, a member of the nine-man tribunal from the judiciary and legislative, said she will not shirk from her responsibility as a member of the SET.

“I would like to assure the people that I will remain fair and reasonable in appreciating the case,” the senator said.

But fellow opposition Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said Binay should distance herself from the SET proceedings to erase doubts on the impartiality of the tribunal.


“Considering that her (Binay) father will be one of the candidates in 2016, I think the best thing to do is to inhibit to remove all doubts of being biased,” Ejercito said.

Binay is the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, the presidential candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Last week, Rizalito David filed asked the SET to disqualify Poe on grounds that she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen and lacks the residency requirement to be eligible to run for the Senate.

Senator Vicente Sotto 3rd, also a SET member, also gave assurances that his closeness with Poe will not be a factor in handling the petition.

“All you have to do is look at the black and white, the facts and that’s it. If it’s good or bad for whomever, we take it as that,” Sotto said.

The SET is chaired by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio with Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Senators Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano, Aquino, Binay and Sotto as members.

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  1. Why should Binay inhibit herself from investigating Poe? Sotto a very good friend of Poe will not also. So whats the big fuss about this? Everybody has their own interest to watch out for.

  2. It is important to address the issue of Senator Grace residency.
    Senator Binay must do her duty as an elected official to be present on this SET hearing as well as other elected Senators.

    The duty of all Senators is to work across party lines in search of Truth ,Justice and solutions. This should be good for all parties concern and most importantly to lay to rest any doubts of Senators Poe’s qualification for the good of the Filipino people.
    I also believe that Susan Roces should be invited and explain on what really transpired in the adoption of Grace . She is the adopted mother . Perhaps there are issues that needs to be settled between their own family and can bring Clarity to all the doubts and fears.

  3. Too much ‘conflict of interest’ para kay Nancy Binay. Proproteksiyunan niya ang interes ng tatay niya, pero kunwari ‘trabaho’ lang ang ginagawa para ma-disqualify si Poe?