THE decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on the disqualification case filed against Senator Grace Poe may be known in December, not on November 17 as planned.
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio. Carpio, chairman of the nine-man tribunal set the voting on the case on Nov. 17, 2015, several weeks before the Commission on elections (Comelec) release the final list of the official candidates for the May 9, 2016 elections.
But in an interview Wednesday, Senator Loren Legarda, a member of the SET, said the schedule of the tribunal may change because she is also working on the finance committee report on the proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Legarda is the chairperson of the Finance committee. She is in charge of sponsoring the 2015 budget to the Senate plenary.
The senator said if the voting schedule is moved, they will have more time study the case.
“The case being handled by SET is a serious matter,” she added.
The complaint against Poe was filed by Joselito David, who claimed that the senator failed to meet the citizenship and residency requirements for a senator.
Senator Vicente Sotto 3rd backed Legarda’s proposal to postpone the voting.
He said the SET decision can wait since the Senate must first have the 2016 budget approved.
“I’m talking for myself, if Sen. Legarda will move for postponement [of the SET voting]I will support it,” Sotto added.
Senator Cynthia Villar, also a member of the SET, raised no objection on the proposal.
The Senate cancelled its session on November 16 because of the expected traffic congestion that will be brought by road closures in connection with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.