SENATOR Grace Poe expressed willingness to submit documents, earlier ordered by the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to be produced by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the National Statistics Office (NSO).
The SET resolution no. 15-04 issued on August 27 which was signed by the nine-member tribunal headed by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, is asking the NSO to produce Poe’s birth certificate while the BI is being directed to submit the Senator’s complete travel records, citizenship papers, as well as immigration records including those when she was still an American citizen.
The other members of the tribunal include Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Arturo Brion and Senators Vicente Sotto 3rd, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Nancy Binay, Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda and Cynthia Villar.
The SET order, assumed the form of a subpoena duces tecum, was in connection with the quo warranto case filed against Poe by defeated Senatorial Candidate Rizalito, who claimed the Senator is not eligible to run because she did not satisfy the basic qualification requirements for a senator.
David particularly said Poe is not a natural-born citizen and she lacks the residency requirement for her to be eligible to run for Senate.
The SET also wants to determine if Poe satisfied the requirements under Republic Act 9139, “An Act Providing for the Acquisition of Philippine Citizenship for Certain Aliens by Administrative Naturalization and for Other Purposes.”
Poe in a text message said her camp is also set to submit the documents being asked by the tribunal from the BI and the NSO as well as her response next week.
“We are in fact submitting those same documents to the SET together with our response on Tuesday,” the Senator said.
Meanwhile, in a separate message, lawyer Nelson Victorino, Poe’s chief of staff, said the subpoena issued by the SET may be unnecessary because certified true copies of all pertinent documents from the NSO and BI relative to said matters covered by the subpoena will all be submitted to the SET by the Senator.
The documents, he said, will be attached to Poe’s answer to David’s petition to serve as pieces of evidence that will prove Sen. Poe is a natural-born Filipino citizen, and she has complied with all other constitutional requirements to become and remain a duly elected senator of the country.
“Therefore, Mr. David’s petition has no legal basis and must be dismissed,” Victorino added.
David in his petition accused Poe of taking over the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairmanship while she was still a citizen of the United States.
The Senator earlier said efforts to question her citizenship, residency and qualification as Senator are just part of a plan to sow confusion, but she is ready to face the allegations.
Poe already answered the issues on her citizenship, residency, and qualification since it was brought out to the media by several political personalities including the interim President of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco.
On the question about her being a natural-born Filipino, the senator explained that in order to be considered a “natural-born,” a person must be a Philippine citizen from birth and must possess said citizenship without having to perform any act to acquire Philippine citizenship.
“The constitution provides that the generally accepted principles of international law shall form part of the law of the Philippines,” she explained.