UPDATE: Poe thanks SC for ‘just and compassionate’ decision

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Sen. Grace Poe on Monday hailed the decision of the Supreme Court granting a temporary restraining order (TRO) on two rulings by the Commission on Elections cancelling her certificate of candidacy.

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“I thank the Supreme Court for a just and compassionate decision. From the start, I put my full faith in the judicial process. The Comelec denied our people their choices in an open election but I am confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the truth and the spirit of the Constitution,” Poe said in a statement.

The TRO prevents the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from implementing Poe’s disqualification and from removing her name from the ballot. This also means that Poe remains a candidate for president.

Poe also thanked the High Court for acting on her petition despite being on recess for the holidays.

The Supreme Court is on recess until January 10, but its rules allow the Chief Justice to act on urgent petitions, which later on must be upheld by a majority of justices.

The TRO was granted on the same day the petition for certiorari was filed by Poe’s lawyer George Garcia, who scored COMELEC’s haste and timing in issuing two separate decisions granting petitions to disqualify his client.

The poll body came out with the decision last December 23, the last working day before the long Christmas break, and gave Poe only five days to seek reversal from the Supreme Court.

Poe’s lawyer, George Garcia, had earlier pointed out that the Comelec’s deadline violated the Omnibus Election Code, which states that rulings can only be implemented after thirty days.

Now that her case has reached its final battleground, all Poe is asking for is a fair consideration of the facts.

“We are confident the SC will honor previous jurisprudence on the rights of foundlings to a country and citizenship. I also pray that they will carefully look into the facts of my residence and my actual physical presence in the country,” said Poe.

Poe’s lawyer, George Garcia, said they also filed a separate petition asking the three Justices who voted at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to inhibit themselves from the proceedings. The three magistrates are Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo De Castro and Arturo Brion.

Poe is hopeful that the Supreme Court will decide the same way it did on her father’s case in 2004 and let the people decide for a “truly democratic elections.”

(UPDATING WITH STATEMENT FROM SEN. GRACE POE’S MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE)

 

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  1. Eliseo Jr. P.Tenza on

    The Justice system in the Philippines is wasting time and the peoples money. First the second division of the Comelec, and then the Comelec itself disqualified Poe. Then Poe goes to the supreme court to reverse the decision of the Comelec. Why do you have a comelec for? Why not just go to the Supreme Court for the Decision? Too much time is wasted and too much money is spent for this cases. The prductivity of the justice system in the Philippines is very very poor. The Supreme Court should review their process to save time and money. Or they prefer it this way.

  2. Thanks SC. Now your next job is to correct the mistakes that the COMELEC commissioners made. I beliveve she meets the necessary requirements to run for Presidency. I know her detractors also believe that, that’s why it was never questioned when she ran for senator. It is only now that they disagree because they want to benefit from her DQ.

  3. That was fast decision by the Chief Justice and I thought that her case was not urgent on the part of the Supreme Court. Now what can Poe and her cohorts say? Since they got what they wanted the decision was great as far as they are concerned. Wait till they get an unfavorable decision they’ll say the Supreme Court stinks. These con merchants Poe her lawyer and all are just opportunistic scums.

  4. The Philippine constitutional law must prevail. Not the peoples choice or voice..
    There will be no excemption even if it is honest mistake. She lies,and lies and more lies…That is obstruction of justice…

  5. “I thank the Supreme Court for a just and compassionate decision. From the start, I put my full faith in the judicial process. The Comelec denied our people their choices in an open election but I am confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the truth and the spirit of the Constitution,” Poe said in a statement.

    >>> Ms Grace does not really what she’s talking about.
    >>>She said Comeled denied people’s choices. How come? Your self and your camp choices you to be a presidential candidate and not the people of the Philippines.
    >>> She wants the Supreme Court TO UPHOLD THE TRUTH AND THE SPIRITOF THE CONSTITUTION. THE COMELEC UPHELD THE CONSTITUTION IN THEIR RULING TO DISQULIFIED HER CANDIDACY AND ALSO BASE ON COMELEC OMNIBUS ELECTION CODE.
    >>> DOES MS GRACE LLAMANZARES THINKS THAT THE PHILIPPINES AT PRESENT HAD A TWO DIFFERENT CONSTITUTIONS ????
    WHAT A HELL BRAIN SHE HAD?