Friday, August 28, 2015

Breaking news! Senate Electoral Tribunal has assumed jurisdiction over Grace Poe-Llamanzares disqualification Case

The Senate Electoral Tribunal led by Supreme Court associate Justice Antonio Carpio has just issued a resolution directing Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares to answer the disqualification case filed by Rizalito David against her.

You may remember that David, a member of the Kapatiran Party filed a quo warranto case asking the Tribunal to find cause against Poe-Llamanzares and ask her to vacate her post as a Senator. David alleges in his petition that Poe-Llamanzares does not have the right to sit as a Senator because she is, first and foremost, not a natural-born Filipino citizen, a statutory and basic requirement for those who run for a senate post.

Carpio, in the resolution signed by two other SC justices, and eventually signed by the six other members of the Tribunal, wrote asking Poe to answer the allegations within ten days upon receipt of a copy of the resolution.

The resolution dated 25 August 2015 should have been answered by now by Poe's camp. As of presstime, David has complied with an earlier SET order requiring him to correct some mistakes in form (not of substance). This writer was informed that David already made corrections which led to the issuance of the resolution. If my computation is right, then Poe's camp is required by law to submit their answer on the first week or second week of September.

A source at the SET also said that the tribunal has set a hearing on Tuesday September 1, 2015 for this case.

NPR will write updates on this case here. Notice the copy of the resolution above--it was signed by all members of the nine-member tribunal, including Poe's political ally Senator Vicente Sotto III.