The camp of Senator Grace Poe believes that when al the disqualification cases filed against her have been settled, the lawmaker will be allowed to run.
Lorna Kapunan, a prominent lawyer, expressed confidence that Poe will be able to get a favorable decision once her case is elevated to the Supreme Court.
“The law is on our side. Jurisprudence is on our side. And the people are on our side. This is a fight for our rights. We believe that when all is said and done, the law and the truth will prevail, and Sen. Grace will be allowed to run for president,” she said in a statement.
She added that the decision of the Commission on Elections’ second division disqualifying Poe is not surprising because aside from the absence of election lawyers, some of members of the division are identified with the administration.
Kapunan said Al Parreño, the chairman of the second division, was appointed not because of his knowledge in elections laws but due to his expertise in information technology (IT).
Before his appointment to the poll body, Parreño was with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), an agency under the Department of Transportation and Communications which used to be headed by Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd.
“Election law is an expertise, a niche; it takes years of practice in election law to be considered an expert. Sadly, none of the lawyers sitting in the second division fits the bill,” said Kapunan, a senatorial candidate of Poe’s Partido Galing at Puso (PGP).
She said Arthur Lim was never known to have engaged in election law although he was part of the team that prosecuted former Chief Justice Renato Corona.