THE Commission of Elections (Comelec) had said Senator Grace Poe’s name will be in the official list of presidential candidates but she should no longer be included in the official ballot because of the ruling of two divisions of the poll body disqualifying her, the camp of former senator Kit Tatad maintained on Sunday.
Manuelito Luna, Tatad’s counsel, said that he will ask the Comelec to exclude Poe in the ballot in view of the improbability of a reversal by the en banc of the senator’s disqualification by the first and second divisions.
“It would be prudent for the commission not to include anymore her name in the template of the ballot because it would lessen the burden on the part of the Comelec,” Luna said.
The lawyer is set to file a petition asking the commission to strike out Poe’s name from the official ballot.
Luna said since the printing of ballots will not start until February 2016, the Comelec will have ample time to put Poe’s name back if the Supreme Court issues a writ of preliminary injunction in her favor.
The lawyer said Poe’s chances of getting a reversal from the Commission en banc is slim because the members of the First and Second Division that ordered her disqualification were the same commissioners who will decide on her motion for reconsideration.
On December 11, the poll body’s Second Division, voting 2-1, cancelled Poe’s Certificate of Candidacy on he grounds that the senator is not a natural-born Filipino and for her failure to meet the residency requirement for presidential candidates.
Despite the rulings, Poe’s counsel, George Garcia, said they were not losing hope and that they will appeal the rulings.
The Comelec is expected to come out this week with its official list of candidates for President, Vice President, senators, and Party List groups.