• Poe’s camp insists senator surpassed residency requirement


    The Commission on Elections’ Second Division sidelined Senator Grace Poe’s defense in the disqualification case filed against her when it ignored her intent to reside in the Philippines that would more than satisfy the 10-year residency requirement, her camp said Wednesday.

    Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, one of the senatorial bets under Poe’s ticket, was referring to the 3-0 vote of the Comelec panel disqualifying the senator from the presidential race because she failed to meet the residency requirement and she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen.

    Under the constitution, a presidential candidate must have resided in the Philippines for at least 10 years prior to election day.

    Gatchalian said Poe’s reply to the disqualification complaint filed by Estrella Elamparo would show that the senator intended to reside in the Philippines for good as early as 2004 because she resigned from her job in the United States in 2004, enrolled her two children in Philippine schools in June 2005, bought a condominium unit with her husband in San Juan in 2006, moved her belongings from the US in February 2006 and sold her and her husband’s US home in April 2006.

    “The threshold date is May 8, 2006. The relevant question now is did Sen. Grace do anything prior to May 8, 2006 to show that she intended to permanently reside in the Philippines? The facts resoundingly say yes. The residency issue is simple arithmetic,” Gatchalian pointed out.

    “One need not be a lawyer to see that Senator Poe has surpassed the 10-year residency requirement to run for president. It is clear that she and her family are not going back to the US. They wanted to live here for good. But these facts were ignored, fueling speculation about the circumstances surrounding the decision of the Second Division. You cannot blame people if they suspect something fishy,” he added.

    Dean Tony La Viña of the Ateneo School of Government agreed with Gatchalian.

    “The key word in determining issues of residency in election law is intent but nowhere in the 34 pages of the Second Division Resolution was there ever a discussion of Poe’s intent to abandon her residence in the United States and live in the Philippines,” La Viña said.

    “The question of residence in election law is largely one of intention. It means intention to reside in a fixed place, personal presence in that place, and conduct indicative of such intention,” he added.


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    1. Even you reside in a country and not a citizen, you are still a foreigner. And your residency is not counted.That is what happened to Madam Grace.

      Your Arithmetic Sir Gatchalian is wrong. Ia m not a Lawyer but MATH TEACHER…!

    2. I cannot understand for the life of me why Poe would want to be president of a country that has no future other than to enrich herself and her family.

    3. But using her U.S. passport at various times going to the U.S. even when she applied for dual citizenship and renounce her U.S. citizenship should be considered with her intentions to reside in the Philippines. In other words, Llamanzares is cheating the Filipino people by just pretending to be a Filipino resident. Another reason for arrogance and deceit is her constant travel to U.S. using her U.S. passport and probably using a Filipino passport at the Bureau of Immigtration’s departure area to avoid paying the penalties for a foreigner who overstayed in the Philippines. That’s a real reason why we Filipinos should not trust Llamanzares.

      • I agree , and Grace Llamanzares claims to be honest on her own terms. She should abide by the Constitution. Something is fishy with her. How come she has not revealed all her DNA testings?
        We don’t need another Problematic President. The fact that she has acquired a US Citizenship means that her allegiance is dual. How can she be trusted ! This is another form of Corruption.
        Corruption of Character!