• ‘SC did not rule on Poe’s eligibility’


    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Board of Governors on Thursday said the Supreme Court (SC), in its March 8, 2016 landmark ruling on the disqualification case against presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares, did not actually rule on the eligibility of the candidate, but merely reversed the decision of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) granting the petitions to disqualify her.

    The IBP governors, in a news conference here during a break in their regional convention being held at the Subic Grand Harbour Hotel, said the SC decision emphasizes that only such electoral tribunals can rule on the subject of eligibility of candidates for these national positions and thus, until brought before such tribunals in appropriate proceedings at the proper time, the eligibility issues of presidential candidates, including Grace Poe, will remain unsettled.

    “For this issue to be finally settled, the decision of the Supreme Court posits (speculates) that, it is apparently necessary, for the eligibility of Mary Grace Natividad S. Poe-Llamanzares for the position of President of the Republic of the Philippines to be determined with finality, she ‘must first win’ in the May 9, 2016 Elections and someone must file the proper quo warranto case against her with the Supreme Court en banc, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, for this tribunal to rule on this matter with authority, with jurisdiction, and with finality,” part of the IBP statement says.

    The IBP, with more than 56,000 members, stressed they are non-political and their statement is an attempt to clarify the issue promulgated by a divided Supreme Court and to address the basic questions relating to the said decision that appears to have resulted to an outbursts of opinions, views and speculations.

    IBP president Rosauro Setias-Reyes said the IBP statement does not intend to further cause confusion on the issue and instead seek to clarify the matter for a better understanding.


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    1. People like her should be taken seriosly. If only Philippine politicans are fair enough to fight without any further critics, perhaps I can say that our running politicians are mature enough. Right now all i see are a bunch of fools except for Sen. Poe. She is the only running president with the spotlight. All eyes on her, all critics on her. But she handled it well when it comes on defending herself. She is my net. My President. #Poe2016

    2. Anf desisyon ng Korte Suprema ay tama lang at wala silang hindi sinunod na rules at totoo naman na dapat lang maituloy ni Senator Grace Poe ang kanyang pagtakbo sa pagkapangulo dahil natural born naman siya at 1o years ng residente ng bansa. Paano masasabi na nagkulang ang SC dito? Ang comelec siguro maari pa dahil hindi nila tinignan ng mabuti ang mga ebidesnya na naipresinta ni Sen Grace Poe.

    3. Natalia Salvacion on

      ako ang masasabi ko lang, sana tigilan na nila ang mga ito, supreme court na ang nagsalita na qualified si senator poe, tanggapin na nila. basta ako nainiwala na si senator poe ay nagsasabi ng totoo at qualified siya.