• Strike 2 against Grace Poe

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    IT’S time for Sen. Grace Poe to give up her candidacy for President and content herself, if she can, to being a “mere” senator.

    No matter how one slices it, the finding of the First Division of the Commission on Elections that she isn’t a natural-born Filipino citizen and lacked legal residence makes her disqualification inevitable.

    Her lawyer, George Garcia, was consoled by the 2-1 vote of the Division, saying “at least it wasn’t unanimous.” Some consolation! Garcia said Poe will go to the Comelec en banc in a bid to overturn the decision. Fat chance!

    Earlier, the Comelec’s First Division reached the same conclusion by a 3-0 vote to disqualify her. This means 5 of the 7 Comelec commissioners are of like mind. No wonder the Poe camp said they’re already giving up on the Comelec.

    Wait! If they’re already giving up on the Comelec, how come they still want to elevate the two decisions to the Comelec en banc? Oops, sorry I forgot–delaying the decisions from becoming final and executory works in Poe’s favor.

    If the Comelec en banc as expected reaffirms the decisions, Poe can delay the proceedings further by going to the Supreme Court. The delay could mean she’ll remain in the list of official candidate. This holds true if the SC issues a verdict after the printing of ballots–and the Comelec is inclined to include her name if there’s no decision yet.

    If her name remains on the ballot, what will happen to her votes should the Supreme Court disqualify her before Election Day? This becomes a giant political headache should she get the most number of votes. Will calls of “the voice of the people is the voice of God” be invoked to press for her proclamation despite her disqualification?

    There’s virtually no chance for her to declared legally qualified to run for President. Thus, all her votes will be considered stray. For her to insist on running is a recipe for political trouble. She’ll do her supporters and the country a big favor by voluntarily giving up her candidacy for President.

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    1. Enough is enough, Grace Poe. You are wasting the valuable government time andresources (Comelec now, Supreme Court later) paid for by the taxpayers, which could otherwise be devoted to other problems and issues facing the country.

      I am sure you know the truth yourself regarding your residency. Time to give up and GRACEfully.

      • at this point in time, the tandem llamanzares-escubero and their handlers are bent on breaking the law, the constitution in particular, and will let hell break loose with their insistence and their game plan to include the name of llamanzares in the ballot. they are not for the good of the country but only for their good and their own set of kkk.

    2. Whose dumb and stupid its the Comelec when they let GRACE TO RUN because of political affinity of LP COALITION but after Grace run for President their forcing her to eliminate this is Philippines politics very dirty, nasty full of bigotry. LP LAPIAN NG MGA PARURUSAHAN PAG NATALO SI BOY PALPAK.

    3. Duterte seems to have more common sense than Grace. He does not care if he is disqualified . He will respect the Comelec decision.

      Mrs. Luminzarez will continue to manipulate the public to believe that she is being singled out . She has no experience to hold a high official position. She has traded her citizenship for an American at her convenience. That’s not patriotic. A lot of Filipinos go abroad to get education but will never give up their citizenship because they are Patriots.

      Grace is a fake!

    4. I BELIEVE THAT THE PURPOSE OF CHIZ ” QUEZO DE BOLERO ” ESCUDERO, HER LAWYERS AND POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS OF GRACE POE THAT HER CASE GO UP TO THE SUPREME COURT SO THAT HER NAME WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE BALLOT AS CHIZ AND CONTRIBUTORS KNEW FROM THE BIGINNING THAT GRACE POE LLAMANZARES (GPL) WILL CARRY HIM IN THE ELECTION AND THAT THE SUPREME COURT WILL FINALLY DECLARE HER NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN AND NOT ELLIGIBLE TO RUN AS PRESIDENT, CHIZ ” QUEZO DE BOLERO ” ESCUDERO WILL BENEFIT FROM GRACE POE LLAMANZARES DISQUALIFICATION. AND IF BOTH WINS THE 2016 ELECTION, CHIZ , THE GREAT POLITICAL MANIPULATOR” WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS NOT SLEEPING AND THAT EITHER DU30, MAR OR MDS WILL WIN IN THE 2016 ELECTION BEATING GPL.

    5. Comelec decision: Poe is good enough to become a senator, but not good enough to become president.

    6. Leodegardo Pruna on

      Disgraced GRACE and her attorney GG are still dreaming that Comelec en banc may still vote in the disgraced lady’s favor. That will open a can of worms should she make it. That will prove that P-Noy has not only one card but two cards of his saving grace when he leaves office. And, that will prove once and for all that Mar is being used. Mar should awake from whatever kind of sleep he is in. He will find again himself in the losing end. And, who knows, if Binay made it last time, he could again be the hidden weapon of P-Noy to assure himself of a retirement free from threats and charges and probably jail. God bless the Philippines.

    7. Thank heavens! The law is the law! If the law says so, everyone must abide by it, including the president and all who want to become one. But not this American Llamanzares, she thinks she is above the law and that the law does not apply to her because she is a foundling. Ridiculous! And because she is popular because she is the adopted daughter of a movie star. Absurd! Good job COMELEC, you got this one right this time. Lightning truly strikes twice at the same spot!

    8. The suggestion mentioned above that “it is time for Sen. Grace Poe to give up her candidacy for President and content herself, if she can, to being a “mere” senator” is not possible. One must be a natural-born Filipino to run and sit as a senator. The majority decision of the SET Gang of Five to Mr. Rizalito David’s petition against
      Mrs. G. Poe Llamanzares has been forwarded to the Supreme Court on grounds of “grave abuse of discretion”. Should the Court agree with this claim, and then decide that Mrs. Llamanzares is not a natural-born Filipino, she will be thrown out of her senate and will, forevermore, be ineligible to run as a senatorial candidate. In all likelihood, this is what will happen given the decisions of the First and Second divisions of Comelec that she is not, as a foundling, a natural-born Filipino.

    9. She has every right to take her case to the Supreme Court. Doing otherwise would only make her enemies succeed and lead the country to hell. These people must not win. The injustice done to sen poe by comelec must be corrected by the supreme court. comelec obviously did not base their decision on the fact that sen poe has been a resident here again since may of 2005.

      • what injustice did the comelec do when it is written in our constitution? I learned that even when I was in high school! Besides, she is not even the best candidate. no record to boast of, unfinished mamasapano investigation, and lying? trying to rouse the sentiments of the people in her favor as the victim? She is not a victim, never has been, she victimized the pinoys for not telling the truth about her citizenship. Now, that is one person who does not deserve to be president, haven’t even started, already lying with a serious and pitiful face, Not surprising, tatay nia artista, nanay nia artista.

      • Tulog ka pa rin? Gising na at baka maging bangungot yang panaginip mo eh tigok ka bigla. Mababawasan ang may gusto ng amerikanang pangulo ng Pilipinas.

    10. The case of Poe means that many provisions of the Philippine Rules of Court are “redundant”, “cumbersome”, “circuitous” and “obsolete”. Could one just imagine if there are 10 divisions of the Comelec?

      Just like many other rules or laws of the country, there ought to be revisions and eliminations to simplify disposition and appeals of legal and administrative cases. Otherwise, the country is stuck in a quagmire of legal and administrative maneuvers of politicos and lawyers.

    11. Atty. George Garcia and Llamanzares & company are pleased with one dissenting opinion by associate commissioner Lim and making a big deal of it. They should be remended about the famous Spanish quote “consuelo de bobo.”