Resolve Poe case ASAP, Comelec asks court

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) wants the Supreme Court (SC) to resolve the disqualification cases against Sen. Grace Poe to avoid the scenario of a disqualified candidate winning the elections.

On Tuesday, the Comelec filed before the High Court a very urgent motion to set oral arguments at an earlier date to expedite the proceedings and ensure that the poll body will be able to stick to its election timeline.

On the same day, the commission also filed a motion asking the tribunal for a five-day extension with which to file its answer to Poe’s petition seeking the reversal of the poll body’s decision disqualifying her from the presidential race in view of the decision of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) not to represent the Comelec.

“May 9, 2016 is an immovable date. We want to make sure that all our preparations are in accordance with our schedule because if you push and push it further, chances are it would create problems down the road. So we want to stick to our timeline as much as possible and we feel that there is enough time to have oral argument[s]at an earlier date,” Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said.


Bautista explained that even the counsel of Poe, George Garcia, wanted the case to be resolved soonest.

He asked the SC to set oral arguments on January 14 instead of January 19, 2016.
“We all know that if a candidate is disqualified by the Supreme Court, your votes would be considered stray votes. But the question is if we would be able to know the result of the votes. Hypothetically, what if the votes [of the disqualified candidate]is higher than [those of]the qualified [candidates]? So that’s the potential that we should think about,” Bautista said.

“We have also to consult the supplier Smartmatic [Corp]. What happens if ever the name is on the ballot but disqualified before the elections? What will happen? Is it possible not to count your votes? And that’s what we’re still looking at and in order to avoid any complexities, it would be better that those disqualified should be removed from the ballot,” he added.

The Comelec is set to complete ballot faces on January 20 and the commission has to create 1,953 ballots that will be posted on the Comelec website to provide all candidates an opportunity to check and verify if their names are correctly indicated on the ballots and if their names are placed in correct voting jurisdictions.

Bautista said if the ballot faces will not be completed on time, it may compromise the schedule for printing of the official ballots.

The SC will hear oral arguments on two cases–one filed against Poe by Estrella Elamparo and the other by former senator Francisco Tatad, Antonio Conteras and Amado Valdez.

The Comelec was supposed to be represented by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in the oral arguments but the latter withdrew because of a clash in opinions.

The OSG said Poe has complied with the constitutional requirements of the presidency.
Bautista said they respect the OSG decision not to represent the Comelec.

“We are not blaming the OSG, particularly because their opinion is contrary to the position of the majority of the Comelec en banc. All seven members of the commission believe that Sen. Grace Poe has not been able to show her lineage to Filipino parents,” he added.

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  1. Every time I’ll get a chance I’ll say it loud and clear: This American LLAMANZARES IS A FRAUD imposing her ambition on the Filipino people. She has a total disregard for the constitution that she is suppose to uphold and defend. Her arrogance is abominable and abhorrent. Worst, she is being supported by like minded cohorts of hers and foreign financiers. This act tantamount to being evil.

  2. I really do not know why the SC could no expedite the case of POE. Why, if they are the professor in school they push their students to submit their home works in a short time and no extension at all. These SC people are highly intelligent and thick fast now this time they could not expedite the case immediately? Again I really could not comprehend that the law of the land have many loop holes. Our dear Senators should do something about this and the People doing the Law of the Land.

  3. I have the printed copy of Ms. Grace Poe Llamanzares, that

    she lost her US Citizenship in July 11, 2012.

    Source:

    DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY.

    Internal Revenue Service

    Quarterly Publication Of Individuals Who Have Chosen To Expatriate, as Required by Section 6039G.

    Agency: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Treasury.

    If this Paper allow me to FAX, then I will.

  4. Why nobody in Susan Roces immediate family volunteer to have a DNA test to prove that Grace Poe is not Rosemari’es baby. If am Rosemarie, why will I be afraid to prove that I am not Grace Poe biological mother. Maybe they will not able to handle the truth.

  5. I truly belived that Grace Poe is just exhausting legal means to prove her being a natural born, At the end of the day, Susan Roces will submit for DNA test. The reason why Sheryl Cruz does want her tested because Grace Poe inherited all the wealth of Susan and Fernando Poe, what she does not know is that all that money come from Marcos, the almost 100 million net worth of Grace Poe came from Marcos to insure her future. Why will Fernado give all the money to Grace when his illegitimate daughter Lovi does not get anything and why Rosemarie does not come forward to belief the humor. Go figure