The Supreme Court (SC) has set for Tuesday in Baguio City en banc deliberations on appeals made on whether Sen. Grace Poe is fit to run for the presidency.
Tuesday marks the start of the SC’s en banc sessions in the country’s summer capital throughout the entire month of April.
The motions for reconsideration were filed after the tribunal decided in favor of Poe on petitions to disqualify her over citizenship and residency issues.
The High Court voted 9-6 on March 8, setting aside a ruling of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) canceling the senator’s certificate of candidacy for President.
It cited the Comelec committing grave abuse of discretion in its decision against Poe, who leads pre-election surveys on voters’ preferred candidate for the country’s highest post.
Two sets of appeal were filed before the SC, the first by private respondent and lawyer Estrella Elamparo and the second by former senator Francisco Tatad, Professor Antonio Contreras and lawyer Amado Valdez, who jointly submitted an Urgent Plea for Reconsideration.
In their pleading, they insisted that the High Court erred in “declaring that petitioner is a natural-born citizen by statistical probability, presumption and as a measure of equal protection or the law/social justice.”
The petitioners said they also believed that the tribunal erred in declaring that foundlings are natural-born citizens under the 1935 Constitution and under the international law.
Poe is a foundling who would later be adopted by famous movie stars Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.
The petitioners cited as grounds for their appeal alleged errors committed by the High Court when it declared the reacquisition of citizenship under Republic Act 9225 vested natural-born status upon Poe, that the senator had complied with the 10-year residency requirement, that Poe did not commit an intent to mislead when she declared in her COC that she is a natural-born citizen and that she also had complied with the minimum residency requirement to run for President in the 2016 elections.