• The cases vs Grace Poe are not only constitutional but also criminal

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    Sen. Francis Escudero, who is running embryonically as Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares’s running mate in the 2016 elections, was reported to have voiced an appeal to the Jojo Binay and Mar Roxas camps not to support any moves to disqualify Grace from the presidential race for not being a natural-born Filipino and for lacking the 10-year residency required of all presidential candidates. The appeal is rather presumptuous and offensive, based on the specious presumption that the two presidential candidates —Vice President Jejomar Binay and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas—are involved in the petitions before the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Indeed, both may be praying that the constitutional nuisance called Mrs. Llamanzares should be instantly removed from the race, but to say that they are involved in any of the petitions is certainly derogatory and contemptuous.

    Three petitions are now before the Comelec. Two are for the cancellation of Mrs. Llamanzares’s certificate of candidacy on the ground of lack of citizenship and residence; one for her permanent disqualification from public office. The two were filed separately by former Government Service Insurance System chief legal counsel Estrella Elamparo and by political science professor Antonio Contreras from the De La Salle University; the disqualification suit by myself. There may be more coming in the next few days.

    Both Binay and Roxas were asked by the press about my petition. Both expressed sympathy for my action, but maintained respectful distance from it. This was but consistent with their position on the issue. Not only was I the first one to publicly raise the issue of Mrs. Llamanzares’s constitutional eligibility to run for President or sit in the Senate; I have also written the most extensive discussion of this issue in this space. For a while I was the only one who seemed to be interested in this constitutional issue, which to me involves a question of sovereignty.

    At first, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, speaking for Binay and UNA, tried to say something about Mrs. Llamanzares’s lack of the required 10-year residency immediately preceding the election. By our count, she would have resided in the country for only a few years by May 9, 2016, if we computed her stay from the time she lost her American citizenship and theoretically became a Filipino on February 3, 2012. Nowhere near 10 years.

    Tiangco’s quote landed on the front page of some newspapers, but the very next day, he apologized to Mrs. Llamanzares and her family for raising doubts about her constitutional eligibility to run for President or to remain in the Senate. This was because Binay, who campaigned for Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004, did not want to be seen as wanting to inflict any personal injury on FPJ’s adopted daughter, Mrs. Llamanzares.

    On Roxas’s part, he said he respected my right to pursue a course of action that I thought was right. But Roxas was never known to have publicly inveighed against Mrs. Llamanzares’s constitutional ineligibility to seek the highest office. In fact, until he settled on Rep. Leni Robredo as his running mate, he tried everything to convince Mrs. Llamanzares to run as his vice president. This meant that he did not consider her constitutionally impaired from running for president. Under the Constitution, a candidate for vice president has the same qualifications as a candidate for president.

    When I last spoke to Roxas about Mrs. Llamanzares at Mount Carmel church during the wake of the departed Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Neal Cruz, he showed no clear position on her constitutional status. I cited her obvious disability, and he said he would have it studied. But not since has Roxas said anything about it. Escudero therefore was speaking out of turn when he said Binay and Roxas should desist from supporting any of the moves at the Comelec against Mrs. Llamanzares.

    Apparently the cases against Mrs. Llamanzares have acquired a life of their own. My petition, and presumably the two other petitions, were reported to have been raffled off to the Second Division of the Comelec; which means the Comelec should be able to rule on them before they begin printing the official ballots on Dec. 10.

    But in addition to that, the Comelec has decided to conduct a preliminary investigation on the criminal case filed by petitioner Rizalito David against Mrs. Llamanzares for violation of Sec. 74 in relation to Sec. 262 of the Omnibus Election Code, having to do with misrepresentations in her 2013 COC that she was a natural-born Filipino.

    This charge could open a new Pandora’s box. More criminal charges could be forthcoming. Some quarters are reportedly preparing to file graft and corruption charges against Mrs. Llamanzares, for having accepted an obviously illegal appointment and collected a salary and other emoluments as Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board in 2010, while she was still an American citizen, and therefore prohibited from accepting a position in the Philippine government.

    One real problem is the negative impact of all these developments on Mrs. Llamanzares’s financial contributors. A number of business tycoons who had earlier decided to bankroll her campaign were reported to have begged off, leaving just two top executives of a conglomerate to support her campaign until the Comelec decides on her disqualification. This could have a crippling effect on her operations, including her ability to mount a legal defense on her disqualification and other cases.

    This could replicate what happened to FPJ’s campaign in 2004. FPJ had accepted the draft to lead the challenge to then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the basis of strong commitments by a financial group to fund his campaign. After the first few weeks at the hustings, the campaign began to show early signs of failing to sustain itself because of the failure of the standard bearer to adopt an offensive posture. A well-known bloc-voting institution, which had committed to support FPJ, asked for an extended session with the candidate to “help him” develop the necessary speaking lines that would put GMA on the defensive, and his campaign ahead.

    This failed to change the situation in our favor. As a leading senatorial candidate, I was delivering the only sharp lines against the administration —all my colleagues on the ticket were either clowning or saying absolutely nothing. But for reasons that became clear to me only after my silent colleagues handily won and I was robbed even of my “historic vote,” I lost live media coverage every time I spoke, despite the fact that such media coverage was legitimately paid for by our party organizers. I then asked FPJ if he could use my lines, so that they could at least reach a wider audience. He cheerfully declined the suggestion saying, “Pare, hindi pa naman puno ang salop” (Friend, the rice container is not full).

    Mrs. Llamanzares’s problem is of a different nature altogether. Should a perverse miracle happen, and she is judged to be qualified to run for president, after all, we would be compelled to raise other issues about her moral character. There is no need to talk about these now. But the first basic issue will have to be this: can we afford to have a President and Commander-in-Chief who sleeps with an American husband and would be at the mercy of her American children? We might as well adopt the late Congressman Bartolome Cabangbang’s proposed US Statehood status for the Philippines.

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    1. I appreciate Mr.Kit Tatad did for his keeping the law as the supreme substance of the Philippine nation. just keep it simple or make it as a common law which is common sense. if ms. poe didnt meet the requirements as being Filipino citizens, she should be disqualified immediately. Even if she candidates for Presidency, do you think she will win the presidential election. ??? Only BOBO tantes na lang ang mga boboto sa kanya. Please , huag na nating iboto ang mga candidates na nagpapagamit sa mga dilawang oligarch, na siyang nagpapahirap sa mamayang filipino at bayan. Tulad nitong si Ms. Poe, maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw,, at ano ang kanyang karanasan sa pagpapatakbo ng bansa?? iyon ngang mamasapano massacre, hindi niya binigyan solution basta iniwan na lang nyang nakabinbin ang kaso without her final conclusion.. IYAN BA ANG IBOBOTO ng mga Filipino?? isip isip mga kababayan.. huwag na nating hayaan na matulad uli kay Corykong ang pagiging presidente ng bansa. Tulad si Pnoy na isang OJT pero maraming pera ang nakulimbat sa bansa thru pork barrel at malampaya fundss..
      GISING PILIPINAS…. WAKE UP…

    2. For just the simple act of barring the opening of an envelop, there was a People Power III. Surely, for the Supreme Court to declare that Grace is a “natural born” will court a People Power III and the premature end of the term of benigno. Indeed, such SC decision will be enough ammunition for the families, friends and comrade-in-arms of the victims of the Mamasapano massacre. It will also be a good alibi to end all those cases against jojo and remove conchita from her post. Maybe, Aling Glorya should better start flexing her muscles now.

    3. 1) Neal Cruz was a gentle man – gentleman – R.I.P. I sure miss him.
      2) Here we go again – the brand name is POE, alla the young voters don’t even remenber that POE – the original – never ever – gave any interview to the press or anybody – about his political agenda – he was like a zombie with shades – but people adored him.
      3) Once again, I insist – if you are living in the USA – YOU DO NOT HAVE to renounce your original citizenship – as a legal permanent resident you can do everything, I mean everythin (not like in the Philippines that if you are not Philipino you cant own land or property or make business on equal levels) So why she spit on her original citizenship ? The answer is clear: I am ashemed to be a “flip” and I want to be American.

    4. Yikes…! This is really simple to absorb…why did she even have to renounce her Phil loyalty, when she could do everything and be everything she wanted to be in the US—–without having to become a citizen…?

      No technicalities here, plain love of country..or lack of it…

      Sorry, this smacks of plain greed and opportunism…for both Sen Llamanzares
      and Sen Escudero…but more so on Escudero, eyeing the presidency when the
      expected DISQUALIFICATION from office happens…

      God have mercy on our beloved country…

    5. Isa ding basura ang POE na yan. Sinasamantala kababawan ng mga Filipino. Dapat makulong yan para hindi pamarisan ng iba na nagsasamantala sa kababawan ng mga Filipino..

    6. I agree with you Mr. Tatad that you were the first columnist that tackled the issue of Mrs. Grace Poe Llamanzares’ qualifications in great detail. In fact, it was only after reading your column that I became interested and started researching the matter. There is also no question that it was Rep.Toby Tiangco, in an interview published by the PDI, who first mentioned her possible ineligibility to run as a presidential candidate.

      When I read Section 2 of Presidential Decree No. 186, and found out that the chairman of the MTRCB must be a natural-born Filipino, I knew that Mrs Grace Poe Llamanzares, apart from her problem now before SET, might also end up with another inquiry in connection with her stint as MTRCB chairman. As a foundling, unless she can come up with conclusive DNA evidence that her biological father was`a Filipino citizen, she will never be considered as a natural-born Filipino.

      Whether Mrs. Llamanzares’ misrepresentations re. MTRCB are so material and serious to the point of criminality is another question altogether. However, a Court may levy a penalty against her as per Section 11 of PD No. 186:

      “Section 11. Penalty. – Any person who violates the provisions of this Decree and/or the implementing rules and regulations issued by the BOARD, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a mandatory penalty of three (3) months and one day to one (1) year imprisonment plus a fine of not less than fifty thousand pesos but not more than one hundred thousand pesos…….”

      The messy situation that Mrs. Llamanzares currently faces, which will cost time and money to resolve, would not have arisen had PNoy and his advisers not suffer a serious error of judgment and appointed her to be MTRCB chairman. Of course, had she been “a straight arrow”, she would have declined the offer.

      Thank you for keeping your readers up-to-date with this story.

    7. Poe and Chiz needs to answer the Filipinos if she is indeed a natural born Filipino citizen, why she renounced her Filipino Citizenship in favor of American and what happened to her supposedly DNA test. We are electing the highest position in country that is the President and not a Baranggay Tanod . She has to abide by the requirements of our constitution.

      The questions by many people (including Mr. Tatad and David) are valid. Richard Gordon’s statement that some UNA and LP members has approached him to file disqualification case against Poe is clearly a Political Strategy to discredit LP and UNA leadership. Why would the leadership of LP and UNA tell any person to file disqualification case against Poe. This tactic won’t work instead will even destroy the chance of Poe to become President if those who approached Gordon are in fact turncoat politicians.
      LP Mar has already challenged Gordon to name the LP member who approached him. I bet you he will not! Stay tune.

    8. Tatad, you already filed a case against Grace Poe & you continue discuss it here? Parang binugbog mo yung tao tapos upak-upakan mo pa…. Let the course decide.

      • Krissie Ackuino on

        Di ka ba nagbabasa at may court court to decide ka pa. E yung VP nga ni Poe, nangangampanya sa dalawang presidentiables para itigil ang kanilang petitions… entonces, this article.

        Sabihin mo muna kay Chiz yan. As for Sen. Tatad, trabaho nya ang mag-sulat, kasi nga journalist siya.

        Bugbog ang kalaban? That’s the idea. Para tumigil na. And all is fair in love, war and politics.

    9. Sir, I do really sorry for her especially when she allowed herself to be in the cobweb of vultures.
      AS i see it ,all frontrunner in the presidential derby are in a survivalist mode and so up to this time still shadowy to see their egoflationary behavior.

    10. All of the comments regarding the disqualification issuess of Sen. Grace Poe Lamanzares are logical and therefore the comelec will disqualify her to run as a candidate for president.

    11. Concentration have been on Grace Poe, perhaps we got to PNOy. He had been outside the country since childhood. When he ran for Senate and President, has he achieved the required minimum number years residency?

      • apolonio reyes on

        Lito, Pnoy like Mar Roxas who was in the US since the declaration of martial law was in the US longer than Pnoy and Grace, but Pnoy and Mar did not denounced their Pilipino Citizenship and apply for Dual Citizenship, unlike Grace Natividad Sonera Poe Llamanzares. And Sen. Tatad is correct, if she will be our next President and CofC, she will be sleeping with an American First Gentleman and American Children. I don’t like this Lito.

    12. Ka Roger says: I can almost see it now: If Grace Poe is NOT disqualified, she will gain a very powerful political momentum, and will be laughing, thanks to the millions of bobotantes, all the way to Malacanang. Then as soon as she is sworn as the President, her whole family will become naturalized Filipino citizens. This will be done by way of special executive power of the President. ( a kind of ” Captain’s call”) OMG.

      Question: Kung siya naman ay ma-disqualify, ano kaya ang gagawin ni Escudero?

      • If after Grace Poe president and had plunder case// all she can do is invoke her US citizenship and leave the philippines (albert fujimori of Japan, former president of peru)

      • He is definitely worried probably is panicking now. But as usual it is showtime. He’ll drink with Heart and see some close friends and talk about another option to stay in the limelight.

    13. “…More criminal charges could be forthcoming. Some quarters are reportedly preparing to file graft and corruption charges against Mrs. Llamanzares, for having accepted an obviously illegal appointment and collected a salary and other emoluments as Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board in 2010, while she was still an American citizen, and therefore prohibited from accepting a position in the Philippine government.”

      It’s a pity. Obviously, her ambition has gone to her head. The gospel last Sunday (Mk 10:35-45) in which the brothers James and John asked Jesus to let them “When you sit in your throne in your glorious Kingdom, we want you to let us sit with you, one in your right and one at your left.” (v37) can aptly be described Mrs. Llamanzares ambition. What Jesus told the brothers disappoints them. And the other ten disciples even got angry with the two because they have similar ambitions.

      Can’t we be Christian sometimes in making our decision/s, especially when it affect/s others? The case of Mrs. Grace Llamanzares is affecting not a few persons but the whole nation. Let the country’s interest be above any personal interest. God bless the Philippines.

      • Bonifacio Claudio on

        Christians should abide by The Law because it is The Law that guaranties and maintains the very existence of religious beliefs; hence, The Law comes first and foremost in the consideration of all citizens, Christians included. Oh, Dios na mahabagin, isinasangkalan pa pati ang pagiging Kristiano namin sa POLITIKA !!! Ano ka, INC ?!!!

    14. 21st Century na. Wag tayong mag maang-maangan sa loyalty at patriotism na sinasabi natin. Lakas nating manghusga kay Poe sa pag acquire niya ng US citizenship peri naisip niyo rin ba na di lang siya ang gumawa niyan? Ang dami ng Pilipino na nasa abroad at nagkaroon ng ibang citizenship but they NEVER forgot where they came from and would always come HOME.

      Hindi ito basehan ng patriotism.

      • Yes. But she is one of those you mentioned who is in the limelight now. If there would be others of the same status, babanatan din yan. Nataon lng na si Gracia ang talk of the town dahil sa ambisyon nya na maging presidente ng bansa mo, bansa ko at bansa natin. Mas matagal ang inilagi nya sa Amerika kaysa sa Pinas. Kaya wala talaga siyang alam sa tutoong mga nangyayari sa Pinas since then. Also, it is more convenient to live in the US than in the Philippines. Ung mga alam mong tao na tulad ng ni Ms. Foe este Poe pala, dapat kalap ka ng ebidensya at dahil tunay kang Pinoy dapat gawa ka paraan na matuldukan mga palusot ng mga yan. Dati mo ng alam pero di ka nakibo…

      • Bonifacio Claudio on

        Nanumpa ka sa Amerika na ikaw ay isa ng ganap na AMERIKANO, na tinalikdan mo ang iyong pagka-PILIPINO. Matapos noon ay babalik ka sa Pilipinas dahil sa mataas na posisyon na naihain sa iyo na tinanggap mo habang ikaw ay Amerikano pa, at daan para hangarin mo ang maging PRESIDENTE ng Pilipinas na iyo na ngang tuluyang TINALIKDAN kung hindi dahil sa OPORTUNIDAD na maging MATAAS NA OPISYAL NG GOBYERNONG PILIPINAS. Ganito ang ba ang uri ng PATRIOTISMO na iwinawagayway mo sa madlang people? Oh, Dios na mahabagin, ako yata’y mababaliw sa KABALINTUNAAN ng utak ng mga hunyangong oportunistang mga ito. DOBLE-KARANG Presidente at pamilyang Amerikano para sa BANSANG PILIPINAS na minsan ng kanyang TINALIKURAN at Pinagtaksilan sa panunumpang ipagtatanggol ang Amerika !!! Ipagtatanggol ang Amerika??? NGAYON gusto mong maging Presidente ng PILIPINAS ?!!! Ito ba ang PATRIOTISMO ?!!!

      • Ang problema sa punto mo ay ang ibang mga Pilipinong nag apply maging US citizens ay hindi nagaambisyong maging Presidente ng Pilipinas kaya hindi mo dapat isinasali ang ganyang katwiran!

      • Krissie Ackuino on

        Uy! Pinapatalo mo naman si Grace Poe. Di pa niya ina-admit eh, sinasabi mo nang “hindi lang siya” ang guma/gawa niyan.

        Your lack of tactfulness betrays you and Mrs. Llamares, my friend.

    15. 21st Century na. Wag tayong mag maang-maangan sa loyalty at patriotism na sinasabi natin. Lakas nating manghusga kay Poe sa pag acquire niya ng US citizenship peri naisip niyo rin ba na di lang siya ang gumawa niyan? Ang dami ng Pilipino na nasa abroad at nagkaroon ng ibang citizenship but they forgot where they came from and would always come HOME.

      Hindi ito basehan ng patriotism.

      • Bonifacio Claudio on

        Nanumpa ka sa Amerika na ikaw ay isa ng ganap na AMERIKANO, na tinalikdan mo ang iyong pagka-PILIPINO. Matapos noon ay babalik ka sa Pilipinas dahil sa mataas na posisyon na naihain sa iyo na tinanggap mo habang ikaw ay Amerikano pa, at daan para hangarin mo ang maging PRESIDENTE ng Pilipinas na iyo na ngang tuluyang TINALIKDAN kung hindi dahil sa OPORTUNIDAD na maging MATAAS NA OPISYAL NG GOBYERNONG PILIPINAS. Ganito ang ba ang uri ng PATRIOTISMO na iwinawagayway mo sa madlang people? Oh, Dios na mahabagin, ako yata’y mababaliw sa KABALINTUNAAN ng utak ng mga hunyangong oportunistang mga ito. DOBLE-KARANG Presidente at pamilyang Amerikano para sa BANSANG PILIPINAS na minsan ng kanyang TINALIKURAN at Pinagtaksilan sa panunumpang ipagtatanggol ang Amerika !!! Ipagtatanggol ang Amerika??? NGAYON gusto mong maging Presidente ng PILIPINAS ?!!! Ito ba ang PATRIOTISMO ?!!!

      • “Patriotism” in Grace Poe Llamanzares ang pinaguusapan at kinikwestion dahil gusto niyang maging presidente ng bansa. Yung ibang Pilipino na binanggit mo ay hindi naman nagkakandidato. So walang problema. But, a Filipino who gives up her citizenship to become a naturalized American, and now wants to occupy the number one political position in the Phiiippines can, in no way, be considered a “patriot”. Maybe you should consult a dictionary for the definition of “patriotism”.

    16. Jaro, Iloilo in 1968 is 99% Filipinos and less than 1% Foreigners, by virtue of the 1935 Constitution on Nationality, therefore, using the Law of Marginal Probability, it is more likely that the father of Grace Poe belongs to the 99% Filipinos, she is therefore presumed to be natural born Filipino Citizen. Residency requirement is no longer an issue because of “animus rivertendi” principle, just like millions of OFW.

      • well said, unfortunately Mr. Tatad is hell bent on destroying the foundling at all cost bordering on mental, he really believes that she is a ‘singaw’ and not natural born (maybe its against his Opus Dei religion that a foundling does not deserve to live or run for office)
        Little did he know that he is part of the circus and freaks in the COMELEC filing COC, they think they are the ‘conscious’ of the circus….

      • 1. There is no “Law of Marginal Probability” in the 1935 Philippine Constitution.

        2. “Animus Rivertendi” will not apply to her because she became a naturalized US citizen in 2001.

    17. The voice of the people is the voice of God.

      Like FPJ’s case, I believe the Supreme Court will rule in favor of her.

      • The military is somewhat nationalistic and looks for adventures like Trillanes and such situations will be use and Grace Poe can not excape this New Adventurists in the government.. Filipinos are waking up now and more liberated than the baby boomers. Let the supreme court decide

      • The case against Mrs. Poe Llamanzares is pretty solid. The FPJ case is completely different in that he was not a foundling, and his parents were known.

        Do you hear the voice of God and the voice of the people in your head? Better see a doctor. It might get worse.

    18. Leodegardo Pruna on

      Right! We would probably have been better off as a state of America as Rep. Cabangbang proposed than having an “alien chief of state” who sits and sleeps with an American and lives in an American family because then she would be enjoying both the amenities of America and the Philippines. Sen. Tatad , who has been misinterpreted for his alliance with former Pres. Marcos, has deep arsenal of issues and concrete evidence on them. God bless the Philippines.

      • True! Naging Press Secretary lng si Mr. Kit nung panahon ni Marcos eh isinali na rin siya na isa sa me kagagawan ng Martial Law. Press Secretary na siya bago magMartial Law para dun sa mga hindi nakakaalam at one-sided ang utak. Buti na lng me isang KIT na sumusulat ng mga artikulo na pwede maging basehan ng mga nangyayari sa ngayon.

    19. If Hillary Clinton of the US asks her to be included in her senatorial slate,
      Grace Poe will revert to her US citizenship and would again use Llamanzares
      as her last name.

      • The US has bought off all the Filipino politicians (who ‘work’ cheap) so what do they care who wins ?

    20. A lot of cases has been filed against Poe and I think there might be some truth to what Gordon is saying. I will give her the benefit of the doubt and will still continue to support her unless otherwise proven by the Supreme Court that she is not qualified.

      • Leodegardo Pruna on

        Wow! I can’t just imagine how deep the regard is and in spite of concrete evidences around. We don’t have to wait for the Supreme Court to decide on the matter. The matter lies on FOUR things, TRUTH, LAW, LOGIC AND REASON. God bless the Philippines.

      • She is guilty unless she is proven innocent. But one thing i am sure, she is a liar queen…! she proved herself by submitting two different birth certificates at comelec set.

      • Llamanzares’ case is not a complicated one. Are you aware of the issues surrounding her case? If so, then you have a comprehension issue. She has not met the requirements necessary for a presidency candidacy. How is she immune to that? Law is law.

    21. The Filipino people are lucky to have you bring to light and continuously and tenaciously question Grace Poe’s lack of substantive qualification as mandated by the Constitution that legally require that a candidate for President must, among others, be a natural born citizen and must have resided in the country for at least 10 years!
      I Hope that your justifiably persistent effort to assail Grace Poe’s qualification will reach and stick to the consciousness of the voting populace, should Poe perversely get a favorable decision on all those cases filed against her. The Comelec, SET and eventually the Supreme Court must make a clar Constitutional stand sooner before Dec. 10, 2015 before the ballots are printed, to rule that Grace Poe is ineligible to run for the Presidency for not being a “natural born Filipino citizen and lack of residency requirement, as both mandated by the Constitution so as to eliminate her from the race!

      It is indeed amazing how Grace Poe plunge herself to this important national race and had made her decide to run when she knew her legal predicament of lack of Constituional qualification, lack educational capacity and government experience to say the least. It appears more she is imbued by greed for political power and driven by celibrity popularity of FPJ who had nothing concrete accomplishments to be idolized by the poor masses, except for his movie popularity supported and funded by the poor masses. Both Poes (Fernando and Grace) are eyeing the highest post of the land banking only on their celebrity status and nothing more but to deceive the voting populace. Those supporting Grace Poe, either financially or morally, must examine their conscience first and analyze what kind of person she is to be entitled to even run, not to say act as President?
      Escudero, the opportunist demagogue is only trying to be in forefront of Grace Poe candidacy to gain political recognition and ride on the popularity coattail of Poe for his bonfide run as President in 2022. This guy Escudero is a gullible politician with ulterior deceiving motives as wel like Poe!

      • You are Absolutely right, She is being used by oppurtunist like Escudero…and many more politicians and businessmen..

    22. You are doing a great service to the country and people, Mr. Senator. This is not a question of politics or personal attack because I now you are a Christian, but it’s a question of love of country and respect to the fundamental law of the land.

      Where have all the other nationalistic government and student leaders gone?

      Steady on, Mr. Senator, and more power to you.

    23. Nancy Bulok Cake on

      Grace should be disqualified. Grace Llamanzars thought that leading the surveys will make her the next president. Grace should be disqualified and not use the name of FPJ in her campaigns. Instead, use her 2years as senator doing nothing except appear in front of the TV camera to comment on the mamasapano and MRT/LRT.

    24. Allan Anthony Villar on

      Heart Evangelista is an American Citizen. If Llamanzares and escudero were to win, both Philippine president and vice-president will be sleeping with Americans. Check it out.

    25. To all the critics and antagonists of Poe, what are you all going to do if the DNA test results prove she is a natural born Pinay? An to those who filed cases against her, will you withdraw your cases and apologize?

      • When an infant found in a country like the Philippines, and who looks like a Filipino 100 percent tell me isn’t that logical and common sense that child male or female not considered a natural-born citizen of that country. Critics has the burden of proof to answer that question legally….

      • Do you have the DNA??

        DNA per se is not a conclusive proof, it must be rigorously examined for its authenticity in court together with those birth certificates already presented in court. By this process Poe has a big chance of going to jail to answer for criminal liability as ramification of alleged falsified documents.

      • You asked what we will do next, we will do the moral character issue wherein we will request her to recite ‘PANATANG MAKABAYAN ” in a live national tv broadcast and look her in the eyes, then we will decide to vote.

      • Hi Lito S: si Abnoy eh both Accidental at Emotional President. Blame those emotional voters who voted for him. Dapat inexpose mo ito in 2010 at baka nagbago ihip ng hangin. Yun lng. Kung alam nilang me topak ang idol nila ng maaga eh baka naiwasan ung catastrophe na ito…

      • 1. It took her so long to submit to DNA testing. Why do you think that is?

        2. DNA test results showing her biological father is Filipino will be questioned by Mr. Rizalito David and his lawyer. They are not stupid. DNA test results can be manipulated, especially if not ordered by SET, and if not carried out by independent laboratories.

    26. I salute you with both hands – Senator Tatad.
      You said it. I love reading your column

      Thanks

    27. In all discussions about the citizenship and residency of Grace Llamanzares, I think I haven’t read any explanation from the GP camp about the discrepancies in the supporting documents she submitted to the SET and Comelec. There are discrepancies in the residency period and her names are different in the 2 birth certificates she submitted and in her voter’s ID. Everybody is debating about the laws but GP’s lawyers have yet to explain about those discrepancies and misrepresentations.

      • Leodegardo Pruna on

        The lawyers of the disgraced GRACE are of course out to get as much from her. I am sure they are aware of the misrepresentations she submitted to COMELEC and Immigration. In fact they are now suggesting that her case is a political issue. That is because they probably know that what they have is a losing proposition. My admiration for Atty. GG has completely fallen apart. God bless the Philippines.

    28. The cases against Grace Poe can become criminal if the opinion comes from somebody benefiting from Jejomar Binay. With a promise of a cabinet post in a Binay presidency, Francisco Tatad will do his utmost to destroy anyone in the way of his corrupt benefactor. Can anyone blame Francisco Tatad for doing a dirty job for Binay who puts food on his family’s table?

      • You know, questioning Mr. Tatad’s motives will not erase the fact that Mrs. Grace Poe Llamanzares is not a natural-born Filipino, and thus, not qualified to run as a presidential candidate. Mr. Tatad’s motives are irrelevant to the substance and heart of the issue.

    29. In USA, nothing is final until is fully documented, if Grace Poe’s renunciation of US citizenship was approve by US govt. only in 2012, it simply means that she is still considered as US citizen before 2012, and I’ m not sure if she reported her income from working in the Philippines, if not, it will another problem for her. This summons is good for her to come clean, present all the supporting paper about her status or give up and think of the future. We are a country govern by law and nobody is exempted.