FORMER senatorial candidate Rizalito David is asking the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on Tuesday to issue a subpoena for documents related to Sen. Grace Poe’s citizenship, among others.
Earlier this month, David filed a petition for quo warranto (by what warrant) seeking to unseat Poe from office on the ground that she is allegedly not qualified because of her questionable citizenship.
In a motion filed before the SET, he said, “[I]t is respectfully prayed of the Honorable Tribunal to grant this motion and issue subpoenas duces tecum [an order for the production of documents]to the Bureau of Immigration and the National Statistics Office [NSO], for them to bring to the Tribunal, with certified copies to be provided the petitioner, the aforesaid records, in the higher interest of justice.”
David is seeking Poe’s petition for citizenship “and related documents she supposedly filed” with the Bureau of Immigration, as well as her travel records.
He is also requesting for the senator’s birth certificate from the NSO.
In an interview with reporters, David said the official records would form part of the contentions in the petition for quo warranto when they argue the case.
He also alleged that the last time Poe used an American passport was in December 2009.
“But then, supposedly, she is already a Filipino citizen in 2006…Why is she using an American passport up to 2009?” David said, claiming Poe secured a Philippine passport only in 2014.
“So these are material manifestations of whether you are legally a Filipino citizen because we are still [of]the position that up to this time…she is stateless,” David said.
“I think whichever way it [the SET case]goes, if it is in her favor or in favor of our petition, it will reach the Supreme Court. This is something important to our history because this is the first time that a foundling, not to denigrate her…may become President of the Philippines. And we may also have a first family whose members are American citizens. This seems like a first in history so we need to look into it carefully,” he added.
Poe has no formal announcement on her plans in the 2016 poll.
David told reporters that no one was behind the petition he filed for quo warranto.
“This is a noble act…I don’t need somebody else to push me to do this. I did this on my own,” he said.
When asked if he has plans to run for a Senate seat again, he said, “I really don’t know.” Asked if he is considering, he said, “My party will decide on that.”
David ran in the 2013 senatorial poll under the party Ang Kapatiran.