Grace Poe confident of
swift action from Supreme Court
MANILA, Dec. 26 (PNA) -- Independent presidential candidate Senator
Grace Poe on Saturday expressed confidence that the Supreme Court (SC) would
decide in favor of genuine democratic elections that allow foundlings like
her to run once it sees the evidence to be presented by her camp.
Poe, whose certificate of candidacy (COC) was cancelled by the Commission on
Elections (COMELEC) during the holiday break, said she trusts the High
Tribunal to act swiftly on the petition that her legal team would submit
Poe’s lawyer George Garcia has announced that he will file a petition
challenging the COMELEC ruling on Monday, Dec. 28.
“We are confident that, giving due consideration to the strong evidence,
jurisprudence and pertinent principles and precepts, the Justices will
uphold our cause and the right of the people to a genuine choice in the
elections,” Poe said.
The SC will be on recess until Jan. 10 but under Rule 7, Section 7 of the SC
Internal Rules, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is empowered to act on
urgent cases and issue temporary restraining orders (TROs) or status quo
ante orders (SQAOs) without holding a session of the justices.
Such reliefs, however, must be confirmed by the majority of the justices
when sessions resume, which is on Jan. 11 for the divisions and Jan. 12 for
the full court.
“I assure everyone that I am still a candidate for president. Let us fight
for genuine democratic elections, where Filipinos are allowed to choose
their leaders. The ambitions of a few should never be allowed to subvert the
will of the majority,” Poe said.
The COMELEC en banc decided to grant the four petitions seeking to remove
Poe from the presidential race on Dec. 23, or after government has taken a
break for the Christmas holidays.
Following the promulgation, Poe’s camp has only five days to seek relief
from the SC.
The COMELEC, however, said that Poe’s name will remain on the ballot.
Chief Justice Sereno has earlier told media that she does not see the
election-related cases as just a contest for 2016, saying the impact of the
High Court’s decision will have long-term consequences for the country and
will gauge the Philippines’ ability to be a modern democracy. (PNA)