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.
“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)