• Settle Grace Poe’s eligibility question now

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    WE understand that it takes a supreme amount of self-confidence – maybe even hubris, such as presumptuously asserting that one’s ambition has the grace of God – to seek election to the nation’s highest office. Those who campaign for the presidency cannot typically be described as shrinking violets.

    Confidence bordering on arrogance is probably acceptable; however, an arrogant disregard for the unambiguous law of the land is absolutely not. Yet that certainly appears to be the perspective on which Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares is building her campaign for the presidency, on the assumption that widespread popularity trumps the Constitution.

    By her own admission, which is supported by documentary evidence that she herself supplied to the Senate Electoral Tribunal, Senator Poe-Llamanzares relinquished and later reacquired her Philippine citizenship – which by definition makes her a naturalized citizen – and was a resident of the Philippines for six years and six months prior to her being elected to the Senate in May 2013 – which means she will have been a resident of the Philippines for nine years and six months as of Election Day 2016, should she be elected President.

    According to the Constitution, one must be a natural-born citizen of the Philippines – that is, one who has not had to take legal steps to establish citizenship, such as through naturalization – and a resident of the Philippines for 10 years to be eligible to hold the office of President.

    It is plainly apparent that on those bases, Senator Poe-Llamanzares is not eligible to run for President, and is violating the law by persisting in doing so. The overwhelming, virtually unanimous opinion of legal and political experts is that this is indeed the case. Yet curiously, and we must admit that even we have been guilty of this. The Philippine media continues to discuss the day-to-day progress of the senator’s campaign as though the strong probability that campaign is completely invalid and a waste of everyone’s time does not exist.

    That cannot be allowed to continue. This issue of Senator Poe-Llamanzares’ must be resolved immediately and with finality by the Supreme Court for the good of the nation, and for her and her family’s benefit as well. If, despite appearances, she is actually legally eligible for the presidency but the question remains unresolved, it will continue to hound her throughout her campaign, which is a disservice not only to her but the voters as well, who will be denied the discussion of real policy issues. If Poe-Llamanzares is in fact ineligible, on the other hand, then we are instead faced with the highly disturbing possibility that the presidency will be seized by a usurper.

    Neither of those outcomes are acceptable, but both can be absolutely prevented if the eligibility question is resolved now. The Supreme Court must act immediately to do so.

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    1. Hambi D. Andrino on

      So sad for my dear Philippines! Another rookie on the highest post of the land!!! Tsk tskk tsk!!!! We might as well call our country ” hopeless Pilipins”

      REPLY
      Not just another rookie, sir. A rookie who is not qualified by the laws too!

    2. First – Grace Poe will surely be disqualified as senator and she will not be able to run for President. The evidence against Poe is too much – she is not in compliance with the constitutional requirements. She also lied in her notarized statement in her dual citizenship and also lied in her certificate of candidacy form as senatorial candidate.

      Second- Leni Robredo will also be disqualified next. Leni Robredo has 3 pending disqualification cases with the Comelec since May 23,2013 – the Comelec is sitting on it and delaying the resolution for 2 years now because there are 3 DQ cases against Leni and all the evidences are hard and true especially when the time comes it is brought to the Supreme Court. Leni solicited and received foreign funds for her campaign in 2013 which is against the Omnibus Election Code- this is just one of her crimes. This scandal will soon become headline news too similar to the Grace Poe scandal. Leni Robredo has several skeletons in her closet which like Poe will soon be exposed to the public.

      Why do these people : Leni and Grace keep lying – both of them are law breakers and do not deserve to be elected !! They keep fooling the Filipino people. People of the Philippines don’t just look at the face – look at the facts !! Grace and Leni are both liars and these people are just “media creation”- both have no track-record and experience.

    3. i had to agree now that chiz pushed grace strongly to become the president knowing that she will be disqualified anyway. and what would be the next move, him to be the successor as president by virtue of the constitution. very astute but a deceitful way. very chiz…so my recommendation to dear filipinos, make sure leni robredo will win the vice presidency.

    4. >>> to Ms Grace Militar Llamanzares a.k.a Sonora-Poe, IT IS NOT WHAT KNOW AND WHAT YOU SAY TO BE PROVEN IN THE COURT !!!

      >>> Grace Llamanzares a.k.a. Sonora-Poe , FIRST AND FOREMOST SHOULD THANK THAT…

      1). THE SWS SURVEYS, BECAUSE WITHOUT THIS COMMON STRATEGY OF A WANNA BE PRESIDENT, HE OR SHE WILL NOT DECIDE TO JOIN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.

      2). THE TV AND RADIO NETWORKS OF LOPEZES AND PANGILINAN FOR DAILY FREE ELECTION PROPAGANDA IN EVERY INTERVIEWS TO
      HER IT SERVES ALREADY AS ELECTIONEERING CAMPAIGN.

      3). THE COMELEC DID NOT DISQUALIFIED HER ALTHOUGH THEY KNEW ALL HER CREDENTIAL PAPERS AND DOCUMENTS ARE TAMPERED AND NOT TRULY NATURAL BORN CITIZENS AND NOT A RESIDENT FILIPINO ACCORDANCE T OTHE OMNIBUS ELECTION LAW AND CONSTITUTION.

      3). THE PEOPLES SENTIMENTS AND SYMPATHY TO HER FATHER ACTION MOVIE ACTOR.
      Similarly she’s looking and expecting same people who voted to this Abnoy BSC-Aquino3rd due to sympathy when his mother died in the hospital and his father died. MEANING …. SA AWA AT HINDI SA GAWA AY PWEDE KA NG MAGING PANGULO NG BANSA.

      >>> PAALALA …… SI GRACE LLAMANZARES KAHIT MATALO SA ELECTION 2016, HINDI PA RIN SIYA MAWAWALAN NG TRABAHO BILANG SENADOR, DAHIL HINDI NAMAN SIYA NAGBITIW BILANG SENADOR. UNLIKE ROXAS AT BINAY.

      MAILIBAN NA LAMANG KUNG SIYA AY MAGBIBITIW BILANG SENADOR. PERO MALABO. ANO SIYA HILO !!!!

      FILIPINO PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES !!!!!
      TANGGAPIN NA NATIN ANG KATOTOHANAN !!!!
      ANG PILIPINAS AY ISANG “CAMOTE CUE” REPUBLIC !!!!

    5. Sen. Grace Poe is just greedy and ambitious. Why? She easily is swayed by the survey which somehow doubtful. Part of the homily of the priest where I heard mass yesterday was his experience by a parishioner who came to him for help. The person asked the priest if he had already made a choice on who to vote this coming presidential election because he is having a hard time choosing between the three declared candidates. The priest is in the same predicament. I do not think the story is isolated. Otherwise, if Sen. Grace Poe has the making of a savior of the country as her camp believes she is, everybody should have been overjoyed when she declared her availability for the highest post of the land. It has to show in each face of those who are convinced. But unfortunately, that is not happening.

    6. why is grace poe persisting in her desire to be president of the country knowing full well about the legal constraints her bid will be facing due to her citizenship issue.? unless she is getting erroneous legal advise, it will help a lot of voters if grace poe real intention in running for the presidency can be discerned and identified. is she power hungry? does she want to settle some grievance or injustice she or family may have suffered sometime in the past. i understand she and her family are already well off and already established in their personal and professional lives. or does she hunger for more wealth and riches? honor? fame? but she already have those things in one measure or another. she even said at one point that it a person must be a bit crazy to want to be president of this country. i find it hard to buy her avowed desire that she just want to serve and promote the interests and well being of the poor. but she can always do it even outside the government if she merely wants to satisfy some messianic demand of her ego. there is always a slant in everything we do. all of it self serving. i wonder what itch is grace poe trying to scratch with her decision to run. what is it that is compelling her and urging her to run? maybe its what old people used to say ^tulak ng dugo^?. i wonder.

    7. Plain and simple, save the SET and the SC are blind that Grace Poe Llamanzares is not qualified by law to run for president. She and her backers now are using those paid surveys shooting her on top of the pack as a mind conditioning tactic. Sorry Grace Poe at this moment even the SET or the SC allows you to run for president…you are simply not up to the job….all airs only….”tinimbang ka ngunit kulang Grace”” !

      These Pulse Asia, SWS surveys should be banned now by Comelec and by the lawmakers urgently passing now a law so that political ads using mass media becomes illegal and an outright disqualification of a candidate. Only then we will have a level the playing field. Let the law state that a series of national televised debates (in tagalog/ english) amongst all the presidential candidates, vps and senators, on issues and policies be the norm of the day.

      These surveys are but mind conditioning tactics paid for by political tricksters/ patrons of a candidate, for which the winner is obliged to payback…thats one of the biggest root of corruptions. The law must also be passed that a vote for the president is a vote for the vp to have a workable stable tandem at the helm of the government, not what happened in the past and just recently with this wayward Nognog Binay.

      We need stable, visionary, experienced and principled leaders to lead our benighted land of 101 million manipulated Pinoys. Change and reform must come! The white knight we need is only Panfilo “Ping” Lacson for president and a Leni Robredo as vp. Only with these two able leaders shall we have continuity of good governance and a hope for an economically prosperous, stable, meritocratic, peaceful and orderly Philippines starting this 2016.

    8. Ms Poe Llamanzares is a certified greed and ambitious! how on earth can we elect somebody who have violated our constitution? And to think that she is being prodded by the black shadow of the equally ambitious and greedy Chiz Escudero who is salivating and moisting his sight on the presidency since 2010? Ms Poe before its too late wake up on her madness and not be blinded by the spurious and greed-oriented surveys of SWS and Pulse Asia. Her winning and topping the 2013 senatorial election was mired by the greatest election fraud on earth!

    9. It is really surprising to have the case of Ms. Llamanzares still being talked about and still the subject of the media up to this date. Unless the powers-that-be have something in mind to accommodate her, just because she is ‘popular’ on account of her adoptive father’s name, despite her questionable citizenship. Just because she is popular that rules have to be bent believing that her popularity is tanamount to competence. The Constitution is quite clear on her disqualification, even as a senator.

      By the way, what has her father started, for her to continue and what was his dream? He has never shown any ability to govern. While he was a hero to many and savior-of- the- world, those instances were all in the make-believe world; a fantasy! Unless, she would like to be an actress and be the heroine of many….in fantasy.

      Assuming that she is qualified under the Consitution, what is she bringing to the table to be able to effectively govern?

      It seems that even the academia, the Congress members and other high government officials, like many Filipinos, are prone to ‘bastardize’ politics by being “awed” by celebrity or acquired celebrity status. Unless, this attitude is changed, we’ll always be in a “rut”!