IF the Supreme Court (SC) will not issue a decision disqualifying Sen. Grace Poe by February 1, 2016, the senator’s name will be included in the official ballot, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday.
The High Court issued a temporary restraining order stopping the Comelec from canceling Poe’s certificate of candidacy but it is yet to rule on merits of the case.
Oral arguments on the senator’s disqualification cases started on Tuesday and will continue on January 26.
Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said the poll body is completing the list of candidates in preparation for the printing of official ballots next month.
“I think that right now the schedule or the printing of ballots is on Februrary 1,” Bautista told reporters.
“If it’s already time to print the ballots, we will look at the situation at that point of time and what is the legal order in place. In which case, we will follow,” the poll chief said.
Disqualification cases against Poe were separately filed by Estrella Elamparo, former senator Francisco Tatad, college professor Antonio Conteras and Amado Valdez.
All of the petitioners maintained that Poe is not qualified to run for President because she is not a natural-born Filipino.
The senator insisted that she is a natural-born Filipino even if she is a foundling.
The Comelec had asked the SC to schedule the oral arguments earlier so that the cases would be decided before the scheduled printing of ballots and avoid the scenario of a disqualified candidate winning the elections.
The High Court denied the motions.