Sen. Grace Poe’s fate would eventually be known on November 17.
Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio made the announcement on Friday on behalf of the Senate Electoral Tribunal, which he heads.
The electoral tribunal is hearing a disqualification case filed against Poe by radio commentator Rizalito David, who had assailed her qualification to sit as a member of the Senate.
David, who was unsuccessful in his Senate bid in 2013, claimed that Poe is not a natural-born Filipino, a requirement for senators under the 1987 Constitution.
Carpio said the voting on the case would not be opened for media coverage.
He, however, added that the ruling of the Senate Electoral Tribunal could be made available on the same day.
The tribunal, which convened on Friday, skipped the discussion on the DNA test procedure as Poe failed to submit the test results. All nine members of the electoral tribunal were present.
Poe’s camp earlier announced that the DNA testing done on a possible biological kin found no match.
Poe’s spokesman, Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Mayor Rex Gatchalian, however, insists that the results of the DNA test would not be a factor as they believe that the case would be decided on its legal merits.
David’s counsel, Manuelito Luna, said the Senate Electoral Tribunal’s decision could have an implication on Poe’s eligibility to run for President.
He added that if Poe is disqualified and unseated as senator because of her failure to prove that she is a natural-born Filipino, then she could not run for President.
Speaking before students of the Bataan Peninsula State University on Friday, Poe said she expects the tribunal’s ruling to be a numbers game as she appealed to her supporters to pray for her.
“I trust my colleagues in the Senate and the others who are members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal. I hope they will consider that this case is not only about me but of so many foundlings who are treated as second-rate Filipino citizens,” the senator added.
Poe was in Balanga City with her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and senatorial bets Susan Ople and Samuel Pagdilao.
“If they say you are not for that position, I just can go back to the private sector but what about the trust given me by more than 20 million Filipinos in the last elections?” Poe asked.
She said she believes that the disqualification cases against her were just a ploy to eliminate her from the presidential race.
Poe added that what she is experiencing had been done also to her late father, Fernando Poe Jr.