Oral arguments on the disqualification case filed against Sen. Grace Poe before the Senate Electoral Tribunal will be open to the public.
The oral arguments on September 21 at 2 p.m. at the Supreme Court, however, will be subject to limitations of seating and will be for coverage subject to the same guidelines observed during such arguments before it.
The proceedings will also be audio live-streamed by the court’s Public Information Office, SC spokesman Theodore Te said in a media advisory on Thursday.
The Senate Electoral Tribunal has designated Irene Guevarra to act as the tribunal’s spokesman.
The tribunal is headed by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, with SC Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo Brion, Senators Loren Legarda, Vicente Sotto 3rd, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Pia Cayetano, Cynthia Villar and Nancy Binay as members.
The tribunal will hold a closed-door preliminary conference on Friday.
According to instructions of Carpio, the preliminary conference scheduled on September 11 at 10 a.m. will be a closed-door session and is not open for coverage, Te said.
The preliminary conference is similar to a pre-trial in a criminal proceeding.
It shall resolve all the issues involving the case and will determine the direction and flow of the case.
Poe’s chief of staff said the senator will attend the preliminary conference.
The case against Poe emanated from the quo warranto petition filed by radio commentator Rizalito David.
He argued that Poe is not qualified to sit as a member of the Senate because she is not a natural-born citizen and has been residing in the Philippines for six months and six years at the time.
David later filed a similar complaint before the Commission on Elections.