GRACE POE has been disqualified by the Comelec but qualified by the Senate.
Given the honest well-meaning differences in opinions among many of us, we may profit by reviewing the 1986 snap polls. MABINI, our lawyers group, questioned its legal basis and asked that same be declared unconstitutional, in petitions filed in the Supreme Court, led by the Philippine Bar Association.
In a ruling on December 19, 1985, it dismissed our petitions and said the show must go on, as it were.
Justice Dingdong Teehankee noted that the issue had been “transformed into a political question that can only be truly decided by the people in their sovereign capacity in a fair, clean and honest election. . . “PBA v. Comelec, 460 SCRA 453, 460 (1985). The technical arguments of the respected dissenters were formidable but there was no stopping the null and void elections.
Conventional wisdom was simply overtaken by the march of events.
Was I hypocritical in accompanying, with Joker Arroyo, candidate Cory Aquino, in filing her certificate of candidacy in the Comelec in early December, 1985? And in accepting the privilege to be her spokesman?
I hope the fate of Grace and Digong Duterte, also sought to be disqualified, will be decided by the sovereign people.