3 Supreme Court justices asked to inhibit from Grace Poe case

MANILA, Dec. 29 (PNA) -- The camp of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares on Tuesday filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking the inhibition of the three SC associate justices who unanimously voted for her disqualification as a Senator.

Poe would like Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Arturo Brion to inhibit themselves from participating in the proceedings of the case.

The three justices are members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

Poe's legal counsel George Garcia said they would like the three justices to inhibit because they have already prejudged the case based on their dissenting opinions.

All the three justices wrote their own respective dissenting opinions on the majority decision of SET favoring Poe.

In his dissenting opinion, Brion said that there is no evidence existed to show that Poe is a natural-born citizen, one of the major requirements for an aspirant to be allowed to run for President.

On the other hand, Carpio and De Castro believed that while Poe is a Filipino citizen, she is not natural-born because she acquired her nationality by legal fiction.

Likewise, the camp of Poe has also filed another motion seeking to consolidate her cases before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the SET.

On Monday, the SC stopped the Comelec from implementing its decision cancelling Poe's certificate of candidacy (COC) for president in the May 9, 2016 polls.

The SC has also set the conduct of the oral arguments on Jan. 19, 2016 for all the three cases, including those which questioned the Comelec en banc's decision and the SET ruling. (PNA)

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