THE Supreme Court (SC) en banc has ordered the setting of a preliminary conference in the case of Sen. Grace Poe against the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which ordered delisting of her name in the ballot for the presidency.
With the ruling of the SC en banc that overwhelming confirmed a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno last December 28, 2015, the High Court has set the conference for January 14 at the SC justices lounge in Padre Faura, Manila.
With a vote of 12 against 3, the majority of the justices confirmed the TRO of Sereno, which was recommended by Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo and Marvic Leonen.
The preliminary conference will be attended by the parties, both from the Comelec and Poe camps, along with their lawyers.
Also asked to appear are the petitioners in the Comelec who are pushing for the disqualification of Poe, among them lawyer Estrella Elamparo in the first case and former senator Francisco Tatad, Antonio Contreras and Amado Valdez in the second case.
This conference shall be in preparation for oral arguments on January 19.