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.