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GRACE POE LACKS RESIDENCY, NOT QUALIFIED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OR VP - SOLON


JUNE 2 ---SENATOR Grace Poe is not qualified to run as president or vice president in 2016 because of lack of residency in the country, an opposition congressman said Tuesday.
This is the latest of questions raised against Poe’s qualifications to run as president or vice president in 2016, following her popularity in the pre-election opinion poll. Her citizenship issue had also been raised, though Poe has said she has given up her dual citizenship and she is now a Filipino citizen. In a press conference, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president for Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance, said Poe’s certificate of candidacy for senator in 2013 shows her residency in the country is at six years and six months prior to the May 2013 elections. By May 2016, Poe will have stayed in the country for nine years and six months, still short of the 10-year residency requirement in the Constitution for president and vice president bets prior to the elections, Tiangco added. “Maliwanag sa Saligang Batas, sampung taon. Kung mahalaga sa kanya katapatan, bakit hindi niya tapatin na di siya qualified in 2016?” Tiangco said. Tiangco said he bared Poe’s period of residency following her statement that Vice President Binay can prove his honesty if he answers the corruption allegations hurled against him over the purportedly overpriced Makati Parking Building, Hacienda Binay, among others. Poe became a target of criticisms after she fared high in presidential and vice presidential surveys. READ MORE...

ALSO Poe asks UNA: Why are you scared of me?
[BAKIT KAYO NATATAKOT SA AKIN?]


JUNE 3 ---Sen. Grace Poe is one of the top contenders for the presidential race in 2016, next to Vice President Jejomar Binay. Senate PRIB/Albert Calvelo
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday claimed that she is qualified to run for a higher position in the forthcoming national elections. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco earlier insisted that Poe is not qualified to run for president or vice president in May 2016 due to residency issues. Tiangco said Poe has only been a resident of the Philippine for more than nine years. The Constitution mandates that a candidate for president or vice president must at least be a resident of the country for a minimum of 10 years. During an interview aired on television, Poe clarified that she has been a resident of the Philippines since January 2005. She questioned Tiangco's intent on bringing up the issue of her residency. "Sa totoo lang, bakit kayo natatakot sa akin?" Poe asked, noting that the accusations against her came out after she signed the subcommittee report recommending to file plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Poe admitted that UNA invited her to be a part of its slate during the 2013 elections.

ALSO: ‘HONEST GRACE’ DODGES AGE REQUIREMENT; Poe maybe disqualified in ‘16 race


JUNE 3 ---Portraying one’s self as a presidential and vice presidential bet as “honest” and “transparent,” has a lot of pitfalls for yellow presidential favorite Sen. Grace Poe.
Poe’s claimed honesty and transparency have been exposed to be questionable since she, a senator of the Republic, must know the constitutional age requirement of candidates for the two high elective positions. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, yesterday, at a press conference said Senator Poe should start looking at herself before a mirror before embarking on a preaching mission regarding honesty and transparency.
At the press briefing, Tiangco said Poe was apparently taking the people for a ride regarding her quest for the presidency when she knows for herself she isn’t qualified to run this coming election. “If honesty is a virtue Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares highly regards, then why isn’t she’s being honest enough to tell all of us that she’s not qualified to run in 2016,” said Tiangco. “Why is she not telling us she isn’t qualified to run as president or even as vice president in 2016? Is this what she calls being honest?” Tiangco stressed. Poe, in interviews, has been attacking Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, starting with her statement in reply to Binay’s statement that Poe is one of those whom he is considering as a running mate, even as he stressed he was merely considering her.
Poe immediately went on the attack, saying that she does not want to be identified with candidate who has a bad reputation, claiming that she prefers to run with candidates who embrace the straight path and are honest and transparent. It appears that Poe was not being honest nor transparent over her being disqualified from running for the presidency or the vice presidency, on account of the constitutional age requirement for both positions which disqualifies her.READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay 'surprised' by Tiangco's attack on Poe


'JUNE 3 ---NO IDEA.' Vice President Jejomar Binay distances himself from his party president's attack on Senator Grace Poe. File photo from the Office of the Vice President  His close ally and party president questioned the residency qualifications of Senator Grace Poe, but Vice President Jejomar Binay claims to have no idea of the political gambit. Binay said he was “surprised” that Navotas Representative Tobias “Toby” Tiangco was going to hold a press conference to say that Poe was not qualified to run for higher office in 2016. The opposition's 2013 campaign manager, Tiangco said that Poe failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement for a presidential or vice presidential candidate. Binay, chairman and founder of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said he was aware of the legal issue but not of Tiangco's announcement. “Matagal ko nang alam iyan. Mga one month or two months ago, sinabi sa akin ni Toby iyan. Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Toby, huwag ka nang makialam diyan. Pabayaan mo na lang ang iba ang magsabi niyan,'” Binay said in an interview with Bombo Radyo Manila on Wednesday, June 3. (I knew of this a long time ago. Maybe one month or two months ago, Toby told me about that. I told him, “Toby, don't interfere in that issue. Let others be the one to say that.") The opposition's standard-bearer said he cannot explain why Tiangco decided to hold the press briefing supposedly without his consent. READ MORE...

ALSO Poe fights back: At least I'm not accused of plunder


JUNE 3 ---Recent surveys show that Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay are the top two contenders for the presidency in 2016. Senate PRIB/RomyBugante, File photo
Sen. Grace Poe lashed back at the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the opposition party brought up the issue of her residency and qualification for the upcoming general election. "I would rather have that issue than plunder or anything else to defend myself," Poe said in an interview with ABS-CBN News. United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco bared last Tuesday that Poe is not qualified to run for president nor vice president in the forthcoming 2016 national elections. According to the Constitution, candidates for president and vice president should be residents of the Philippines for at least 10 years prior to the elections. Tiangco showed proof that by May 2016, Poe would only have been a resident of the Philippines for only nine years and six months. Though Poe has not yet expressed her intent to run for a higher position in 2016, the senator has made public the qualities that she would be looking for in a running mate. READ MORE...

ALSO: Legal experts divided on Poe’s eligibility for 2016 presidency


JUNE 3 ---Legal experts are divided on whether Senator Grace Poe is qualified to run for President or Vice President in 2016 or not.
Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) president Vicente Joyas said if what was presented by UNA interim resident and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco is the genuine certificate of candidacy (COC) of Poe, “then she is not qualified to run for the said position.”  Under Article VII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution requires at least 10 years of Philippine residency, among others, for those running for President. The same requirement is provided for those aspiring to run for Vice President under Section 3 of the same article. In her certificate of candidacy for the 2013 polls, Poe said she has been a resident of the country for six years and six months. Joyas said should Poe decide to run for either President or Vice President, “the issue of residency must be settled.”  READ MORE....

ALSO: Honesty or competence? Roxas says must be 'All of the above' Not 'either or'


MAY 20 ---The presumed standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party says it doesn't have be an either-or – the next president should be both honest and competent
 OLD PROTEST: Interior Secretary Mar Roxas recalls poll fraud allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Malacañang file photo OLD PROTEST: Interior Secretary Mar Roxas recalls poll fraud allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Malacañang file photo  PAMPANGA, Philippines – Should the next president of the Philippines be honest or competent? For Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumed standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), said it should not be an either-or. It should be “all of the above,” he said in a chance interview with reporters on Wednesday, May 20, on the sidelines of the turnover of new police police cars in Camp Olivas, Pampanga. Roxas, however, continued to dodge questions about his own plans for the 2016 presidential elections, even as both his political allies and foes have begun to speculate about the coming elections. Vice President Jejomar Binay, the leading candidate for the presidential elections according to national polls, said on Sunday, May 17, “it would be risky to entrust the next government to those without experience and competence since it would perpetuate the problems besetting the country today.”  It was an apparent reference to neophyte Senator Grace Poe, who is the second most preferred by respondents in presidential polls. In response, Poe said the length of service shouldn’t matter but “honesty” and “quality of service.” READ MORE...

ALSO by Francisco Tatad: Grace Poe may not even be qualified to sit as senator
[So from being an American citizen, she is now a naturalized Filipino citizen. Unquestionably, she is a Filipino citizen, but certainly no longer a natural-born Filipino citizen.]


JUNE 2 ---by FRANCISCO S. TATAD 
Many disturbing questions have arisen concerning Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares. None of them were ever raised with such intensity before, but you will notice the ferocity with which they are being asked now. This began after she started dropping hints that she might run for higher office, and after she signed the highly questionable Senate blue ribbon subcommittee report recommending plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. The report, according to the latest bulletin, has been signed by a total of ten senators. Binay, who campaigned vigorously for Grace’s late adopted father Fernando Poe’s presidential bid in 2004, is a declared presidential aspirant for 2016. The filing of plunder charges against him could completely derail his plans. Poe knew this only too well. As an upright senator, she could have regretted the fact that a purported “inquiry in aid of legislation” had turned into an “inquisitorial action” against Binay, and begged off from signing the report. But she chose to be part of the public stoning of Binay. Playing to the gallery Ordinary Filipinos will tend to look at Poe’s act as decidedly “un-Filipino.” But she tried to play to the gallery by declaring that her loyalty belonged to the people rather than to her friends. That demagogic sound bite is as old as the hills. E. M. Forster’s well-remembered contrary quote says that “if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend I hope I had the guts to betray my country.” PNoy has carried this practice to perfection, not out of guts but out of character or lack of character. By her statement, Grace has set herself apart from PNoy. But people are asking questions not because they are pro-Binay, but because they have suddenly become nervous about, if not afraid of, the previously harmless-looking little girl. It would be good if Ms. Poe could devote an hour or so of her official time to address this fear. Under the Rules of the Senate, she could rise on a Question of Privilege and talk about it anytime. Or she could arrange a news conference on national television for the same purpose. ABS-CBN, which seems to be positioning itself to support her bid for high office with a show featuring nostalgic stuff about her legendary adopted father should be happy to facilitate it. But even before any or all of that happens, we should be able to peek deeper into these issues. READ MORE...


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Grace Poe lacks residency, not qualified to run for president or VP – solon


Tiangco shows Senator Grace Poe’s certificate of candidacy showing she is not qualified to run as president or vice president next year. Marc Jayson Cayabyab/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, JUNE 8, 2015 (INQUIRER) Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net June 2nd, 2015 - SENATOR Grace Poe is not qualified to run as president or vice president in 2016 because of lack of residency in the country, an opposition congressman said Tuesday.

This is the latest of questions raised against Poe’s qualifications to run as president or vice president in 2016, following her popularity in the pre-election opinion poll. Her citizenship issue had also been raised, though Poe has said she has given up her dual citizenship and she is now a Filipino citizen.

In a press conference, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president for Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance, said Poe’s certificate of candidacy for senator in 2013 shows her residency in the country is at six years and six months prior to the May 2013 elections.

By May 2016, Poe will have stayed in the country for nine years and six months, still short of the 10-year residency requirement in the Constitution for president and vice president bets prior to the elections, Tiangco added.

“Maliwanag sa Saligang Batas, sampung taon. Kung mahalaga sa kanya katapatan, bakit hindi niya tapatin na di siya qualified in 2016?” Tiangco said.

Tiangco said he bared Poe’s period of residency following her statement that Vice President Binay can prove his honesty if he answers the corruption allegations hurled against him over the purportedly overpriced Makati Parking Building, Hacienda Binay, among others.

Poe became a target of criticisms after she fared high in presidential and vice presidential surveys.

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In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) presidential survey, Poe saw her ranking improved from 21 percent to 31 percent, just five percentage points shy from Vice President Binay (36 percent from 37 percent) who remained in the lead. Liberal Party’s presumptive bet Interior Secretary Mar Roxas got a measly 15 percent of respondents, down from 19 percent.

Meanwhile, in the latest SWS vice presidential survey, Poe is the top pick with 26 percent of respondents, surpassing Roxas with 12 percent and Binay with seven percent.

“Ang sinasabi lang natin dito, sa ngayon, hindi siya kwalipikado sa 2016. Maaaring sa 2022 (next presidential elections), kwalipikado na siya. Kung ang pinag-uusapan ay honesty, bakit hindi niya ipagtapat sa taumbayan na hindi siya qualified?” Tiangco said.

“Hindi ko naman ilalabas ito kung hindi niya pinilit ‘yung isyu ng honesty. She claims to be honest. So let us bring back the question of honesty. Kung sinasabi niyang mahalaga ang honesty… bakit hindi siya nagiging tapat sa atin na hindi siya kwalipikado?” Tiangco added.

He showed the certificate of candidacy showing her residency in the country filed before the Commission on Elections.

Tiangco said Binay did not give him the go-signal to reveal Poe’s residency, adding that he told reporters of the issue on his own volition.

“Vice President is very polite. Yan ang problema sa boss ko. Nakapabait ni Binay. Nung sinabi ko sa kanya (Poe’s residency period), sabi niya pabayaan na lang manggaling sa iba, huwag na sa atin… Itinuturing niyang kaibigan si Grace Poe,” Tiangco said.

“Responsibilidad ko naman bilang campaign manager na ipagtanggol ang aking principal. Kung siya ay ayaw magsalita, ako ang magsasalita,” he added.

Asked if he would question Poe’s qualifications before the Supreme Court if she decides to run, Tiangco said he would but in his personal capacity.

“If I am stopped by my party, I will be able to decide whether I’ll follow it or leave my party,” Tiangco said.

When asked if he would call on Poe to forgo her ambition to run for a higher position, Tiangco said: “I’m not asking her to back off. But since she put forward the question of honesty, bakit naman hindi niya pinaalam sa ating lahat na hindi naman siya pwede sa 2016?”

Binay has said that he was willing to consider Poe as his vice president come 2016, but he later said he was hurt by Poe’s statements that she never opened the door as Binay’s running mate.

The vice president also lamented Poe’s signing of the Senate report recommending plunder charges against him over the allegedly overpriced Makati Parking Building following Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearings on the corruption allegations when Binay was Makati mayor.

Tiangco said UNA is not threatened if Poe would run next year.

“Si Binay lang naman ang may track record na may ginawa para sa kanyang mga kababayan,” Tiangco said. AC


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Poe asks UNA: Why are you scared of me? By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 3, 2015 - 4:40pm


Sen. Grace Poe is one of the top contenders for the presidential race in 2016, next to Vice President Jejomar Binay. Senate PRIB/Albert Calvelo

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday claimed that she is qualified to run for a higher position in the forthcoming national elections.

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco earlier insisted that Poe is not qualified to run for president or vice president in May 2016 due to residency issues.

Tiangco said Poe has only been a resident of the Philippine for more than nine years. The Constitution mandates that a candidate for president or vice president must at least be a resident of the country for a minimum of 10 years.

During an interview aired on television, Poe clarified that she has been a resident of the Philippines since January 2005. She questioned Tiangco's intent on bringing up the issue of her residency.

"Sa totoo lang, bakit kayo natatakot sa akin?" Poe asked, noting that the accusations against her came out after she signed the subcommittee report recommending to file plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Poe admitted that UNA invited her to be a part of its slate during the 2013 elections.

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"Sinasabi nila inimbitahan nila kami sumali sa UNA, totoo inimbita nila kami. Pagkatapos noon nilaglag rin nila kami. Hindi na nga kami nagsalita noon pero napakasakit po para sa akin sapagkat bagong kandidato lamang ako noon," Poe said.

The senator also answered the issue on her citizenship, following reports that she may not be a Filipino citizen since her biological parents are unknown. Poe was adopted by celebrity couple Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) and Susan Roces.

She noted that the citizenship of her adoptive father was also questioned when he ran for president in 2004.

"Incompetence, lack of experience, hindi Filipino raw at kulang sa track record, 'yan po lahat ang binato nila kay FPJ," the senator said.

Poe added that that those who were behind the accusations against her were also the same people that supported her father.

The senator is yet to finalize her plans for the 2016 elections but noted that she is 50 percent certain of running for a higher position.

RELATED: Poe fights back: At least I'm not accused of plunder | Drilon: Physical presence not required in Poe's residency requirement


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‘HONEST GRACE’ DODGES AGE REQUIREMENT; Poe disqualified in ‘16 race Written by Charlie V. Manalo Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00


Portraying one’s self as a presidential and vice presidential bet as “honest” and “transparent,” has a lot of pitfalls for yellow presidential favorite Sen. Grace Poe.

Poe’s claimed honesty and transparency have been exposed to be questionable since she, a senator of the Republic, must know the constitutional age requirement of candidates for the two high elective positions.

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, yesterday, at a press conference said Senator Poe should start looking at herself before a mirror before embarking on a preaching mission regarding honesty and transparency.

At the press briefing, Tiangco said Poe was apparently taking the people for a ride regarding her quest for the presidency when she knows for herself she isn’t qualified to run this coming election.

“If honesty is a virtue Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares highly regards, then why isn’t she’s being honest enough to tell all of us that she’s not qualified to run in 2016,” said Tiangco.

“Why is she not telling us she isn’t qualified to run as president or even as vice president in 2016? Is this what she calls being honest?” Tiangco stressed.

Poe, in interviews, has been attacking Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, starting with her statement in reply to Binay’s statement that Poe is one of those whom he is considering as a running mate, even as he stressed he was merely considering her.

Poe immediately went on the attack, saying that she does not want to be identified with candidate who has a bad reputation, claiming that she prefers to run with candidates who embrace the straight path and are honest and transparent.

It appears that Poe was not being honest nor transparent over her being disqualified from running for the presidency or the vice presidency, on account of the constitutional age requirement for both positions which disqualifies her.

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Tiangco pointed out that Article 7, Section 2 of the Constitution provides that no person may be elected as president unless he or she is natural born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least 40 years of age on the day of the election, and “most importantly, a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years immediately proceeding such election.

“This means, one has to be a resident of the Philippines for 10 years before the May 9, 2016 elections,” Tiangco stressed.

Documented proof was shown by Tiangco through the copy of the certificate of candidacy (CoC) which Poe-Llamanzares submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) when she ran for senator in 2013.

“This is a copy of her certificate of candidacy she filed when she ran for senator in 2013, and what is written here?” said Tiangco.

“Take note this is a sworn statement, this is notarized, so meaning what she stated here should be the truth,” he said.

“And according to this, on the period of residency in the Philippines before May 13, 2013, she wrote, ‘six years and six months,’” said Tiangco.

“So adding three years for the 2016 elections, that would only add up to nine years and six months,” Tiango said.

“The constitutional requirement for president and vice president is ten years of residency,” Tiangco stressed.

“So, if honesty and being truthful are so important to Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares, then why is she not telling the Filipinos she is not qualified to run for president or vice president in 2016,” the UNA interim president reiterated.


Binay: I'll bring 'competence' to Malacañang 'I sincerely believe that the issue in this coming election – for the presidency particularly – is experience and competence' Rappler.com Published 8:09 PM, May 17, 2015

Last month, Poe-Llamanzares took a dig at 2016 leading presidential contender, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” BInay saying that contrary to the vice president’s claim that experience should come first in making a choice for the country’s next leader, it should be honesty.

“It’s not the length of service that is the standard but the quality of service and honesty,” Poe-Llamanzares was quoted saying in an apparent reference to the allegations being raised against Binay and his family in the ongoing investigation of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee.

Poe-Llamazanzares, along with nine other senators, signed the committee report recommending the filing of plunder case against Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay reportedly even without bothering to read the vice president’s affidavit and giving weight to the testimony of the so-called expert witnesses, most of them self-admitted crooks who showed no proof to buttress their allegations against the Binays.

The so-called witnesses who were invited to the probe have yet to submit conclusive documentary evidence to back up their allegations.

“What we are saying here, is that she is not qualified to run for president or vice president in 2016. Maybe she would be qualified for 2022, but definitely not in 2016. And why is she hiding that?” said Tiangco.

At the same time, the solon also belied rumors Binay is going to give up his presidential ambition after majority of the members the Senate blue ribbon committee signed the report recommending the filing of plunder charges against him and his son.

“There is no truth to that. VP Binay will definitely not quit,” said Tiangco.

The VP will take all the criticisms and attacks leveled against him no matter how painful and insulting for one who only aspires to give our poor a better life, especially in caring for our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), free quality education for the youth and fre hospitalization for all the Filipinos, ” he added.

All of Poe’s posturing and making her provincial sorties may all be for naught, even as a Laylo survey, the in-house researcher of The Standard, showed that Poe was inching up, with her obtaining 24 percent of the respondents, as against frontrunner VP Binay who garnered 28 percent. Only four percent separates the two probable presidential bets in the latest Laylo survey.

The survey also showed that Binay is the strongest candidate among the very poor: at 27 percent among the Class D and 32 percent among the Class E, while Poe was the top choice among the Class ABC at 27 percent.

Binay was the top choice of the respondents in the rural areas at 32 percent, while Poe held the lead in the urban areas at 28 percent.

Binay scored high in Mindanao, with 41 percent of the vote, while Poe obtained a mere 10 percent in Mindanao.

The Standard Poll had error margins of +/- 2.6 percent for the national result and +/- 6 percent for the regional results.

The survey was conducted from May 8 to 18.

Meanwhile, lawyer Rico Paolo Quicho, vice presidential spokesman for political concerns, expressed gratitude to the people for continuing to trust the vice president as shown in the results of the latest survey conducted by Laylo Research Strategies, despite the well-funded demolition job being waged against him by his political opponents, particularly in the Senate.

“The protracted Senate investigation and politically inspired government actions like the AMLC report are clearly being used to influence the results of presidential surveys.

As the 2016 presidential election comes closer, we can expect aspirants lagging behind in surveys to take advantage of the demolition job directed at the Vice President to try and improve their ratings while hiding their thin credentials and unpreparedness for the job,” Quicho said in a statement.

“Notwithstanding the ferocity of the attacks and the enormous amount of taxpayers’ money utilized against Vice President Binay, he humbly remains the top choice for president,” averred Quicho.

The Laylo survey involved 1,200 respondents nationwide, Binay emerged the runaway winner in all 2-,3- or 4-way race, leading by no less than 12 percent against his nearest rival composed of Poe-Llamanzares, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Liberal Party’s (LP) presumptive bet, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.



Quicho said the survey validates their belief that Binay’s base of support remains solid and this cannot be disputed.

“On the other hand, the survey ratings of other personalities go up or down depending on their media visibility,” Quicho added.

According to the Laylo survey result, 66 percent of Binay’s supporters have already committed themselves to the vice president and have no plans of changing their minds on their choice for 2016.

“The Vice President is thankful to the people for standing by him and sharing his vision for the country.

Quicho noted that the survey was taken at a time when the Vice President’s political opponents unlawfully leaked the AMLC report.

“This shows without a doubt the political motivation behind the move to freeze the bank accounts of the Vice President based on false and misleading conclusions,” said Binay’s spokeman.

“Nonetheless, the Vice President remains ready and willing to fight to uplift the lives of the masses. He is committed to bring to the rest of the country the successful programs he started in Makati.

These are the very same programs that desperate politicians are trying to discredit, when the truth is that they have yet to offer anything concrete to the people,” he said.

Poe also has a problem with her citizenship as she claimed once when the issue cropped up on her ineligibility as a presidential candidate, that she has dual citizenship, having renounced her American citizenship.

When one acquires US citizenship, the applicant has to renounce her former citizenship as she pledges allegiance to the United States. She therefore, some say, cannot claim to have had dual citizenship after renouncing her Filipino citizenship. She has to formally reacquire Filipino citizenship since she claimed to have renounced her citizenship status as an American.

However, this is a grey area, so some so-called legal experts say, but in the matter of her disqualfication as a presidential or vice presidential candidate, the Constitution is clear on age requirements.


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Binay 'surprised' by Tiangco's attack on Poe Ayee Macaraig 6:11 PM, Jun 03, 2015 Updated 6:55 PM, Jun 03, 2015


The Vice President says he had no idea his party president would attack Senator Grace Poe. 'Toby, don't interfere in that issue,' he supposedly told him.

'NO IDEA.' Vice President Jejomar Binay distances himself from his party president's attack on Senator Grace Poe. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

MANILA, Philippines – His close ally and party president questioned the residency qualifications of Senator Grace Poe, but Vice President Jejomar Binay claims to have no idea of the political gambit.

Binay said he was “surprised” that Navotas Representative Tobias “Toby” Tiangco was going to hold a press conference to say that Poe was not qualified to run for higher office in 2016. The opposition's 2013 campaign manager, Tiangco said that Poe failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement for a presidential or vice presidential candidate.

Binay, chairman and founder of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said he was aware of the legal issue but not of Tiangco's announcement.

“Matagal ko nang alam iyan. Mga one month or two months ago, sinabi sa akin ni Toby iyan. Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Toby, huwag ka nang makialam diyan. Pabayaan mo na lang ang iba ang magsabi niyan,'” Binay said in an interview with Bombo Radyo Manila on Wednesday, June 3.

(I knew of this a long time ago. Maybe one month or two months ago, Toby told me about that. I told him, “Toby, don't interfere in that issue. Let others be the one to say that.")

The opposition's standard-bearer said he cannot explain why Tiangco decided to hold the press briefing supposedly without his consent.

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“So eh, kagabi eh, nagulat ako. May nagsabi sa akin sinabi ni Toby ganito-ganito. Sa bagay hong iyan, kung bakit ho nasabi ni Toby eh 'tanong ninyo na lamang ho sa kanya. Pero ako mismo, sinabihan ko si Toby, 'Toby, huwag ka nang makialam diyan.' Kasi alam ko na na kahit papaano siyempre kandidato ka eh, hahanapan at hahanapan ka ng issue,” he added.

(So last night, I was shocked. Someone told me that Toby said this and that. On this matter, why not just ask Toby why he said that? As for me, I told Toby, “Toby, don't meddle with that.” Because I know that, of course, people will always find issues against candidates.)

Senator Nancy Binay, Binay's eldest daughter and a member of UNA, said that she, too, was surprised by Tiangco's statement.

“I had nothing to do with it. In fact, napanood ko na lang siya noong nakauwi ako, na parang, 'Oh my God, ganoon pala 'yung sinabi ni Cong. Toby!'” (I just saw the press conference when I got home, and I was like, “Oh my God, that's what Cong. Toby said!)

Tiangco: I did not ask permission

Tiangco told Rappler that he deliberately did not ask permission from the Vice President, and is ready to face the consequences of his actions. He said that Binay asked him about his press conference but did not scold him.

"I do not need to ask permission from my boss to defend him from attackers. Sinasaksak ang boss ko, kailangan ko pa bang magpaalam na ipagtanggol ang boss ko?" (They are already stabbing my boss. Do I still need to ask permission to defend him?)

Tiangco said that he only wanted to defend his political patrons after Poe criticized Binay and former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada over corruption allegations against them. Poe said that she does not want to run with the two UNA stalwarts because she wanted to campaign against corruption.

“Doesn't Grace emphasize honesty? Then she should be honest about her qualifications,” Tiangco said.

Tiangco held a press briefing on Tuesday at the House of Representatives, where he showed a copy of Poe's 2013 certificate of candidacy (COC). The congressman said that the document showed Poe was not qualified to run for higher office because she would have lived in the Philippines for only 9 years and 6 months by the May 9, 2016, polls.

Poe held her own press conference on Wednesday, where she stood by her qualifications. She boldly asked UNA: “Sa totoo lang, bakit kayo natatakot sa akin?” (Honestly, why are you threatened by me?)

The senator is reported to be a viable challenger to Binay due to her strong survey showing. Recent surveys placed her second to Binay but she has yet to declare any political plans.

Legal experts also criticized Tiangco, saying jurisprudence and the legal doctrine of animus revertendi or the intent to return disproved his argument.

Lawyers cited the case of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, whom the Supreme Court allowed to run for Leyte representative in 1995 as she was a resident of the province even if she lived in different places prior to the polls.

Binay: I won't do that to a woman

Pressed about Tiangco's statements, Vice President Binay sought to further distance himself from his political lieutenant's pronouncements.

“Ayaw ko hong makisawsaw diyan, and unang-una mahal ko pa rin ho si FPJ,” Binay said in reference to Poe's late father, actor Fernando Poe Jr. (I don't want to meddle with that, because, first, I still love FPJ.)

Binay added that it is best that voters get to choose from a wide field of candidates.

“Pangalawa, hindi ko ho ugaling, kababaeng tao pa naman, kumare ko pang buo iyan,” Binay said. (Second, it is not my character to attack a woman, especially one who is my family friend.)

The Binay camp has been sending mixed messages about Poe, highlighting a key problem in a campaign with multiple spokespersons, and with a candidate who easily gets peeved: messaging. (READ: Binay to launch party, ads despite freeze order)

Binay initially told reporters that he was considering Poe as his running mate. Yet when Poe publicly rejected the possibility, the Vice President clarified that no formal offer was made. He now says it is up to a search committee to find a vice presidential bet for him.

Binay reiterated this on Wednesday: “The word here is 'considering.' I did not approach her and say, 'Mare, can you be my vice president?' There was no opportunity to do that. I will just repeat: there was no opportunity for me to offer her or approach her, and ask her to run with us as vice president.”

'I was with FPJ in final days'

UNA's interim secretary-general JV Bautista last week also blasted Poe for initially considering running with the ruling Liberal Party, whose members he said betrayed Poe's father in the 2004 campaign.

The elder Poe ran for president but lost in a fraud-tainted election against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. During that time, the LP was allied with Arroyo and helped expedite the canvassing of votes despite objections made by Poe's lawyers.

While his spokespersons keep attacking Poe, Binay attempted to show his deep ties with her father.

Binay again mentioned that he was FPJ's 2004 campaign manager, and was even with him at a Christmas party when the action star was rushed to the hospital in the days leading up to his death in December 2004.

Binay said he even told FPJ, “Goodbye, my friend. God bless.” Still, it seemed like the actor was waiting for someone.

“Eh kasi may superstition at nagkatotoo ah, pagka-landing na pagka-landing ng eroplano ni Grace, patay. Na-declare nang patay na si FPJ.”

(There is a superstition that came true. Right when Grace's plane landed, FPJ died. He was declared dead.)

Now, Binay said it saddens him that Senator Poe signed the partial Senate blue ribbon subcommittee report recommending plunder charges against him over the Makati parking building.

Binay referred to FPJ's memory in questioning Senator Poe's statements about his reputation for corruption.

“Kung ako po ay dishonest and whatever, si FPJ po, hindi talaga nakikisalamuha sa may mga irregularity at dishonest.” (If I were dishonest and whatever, FPJ would not deal with people who have irregularities, and are dishonest) – Rappler.com


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Poe fights back: At least I'm not accused of plunder By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 3, 2015 - 10:55am


Recent surveys show that Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay are the top two contenders for the presidency in 2016. Senate PRIB/RomyBugante, File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe lashed back at the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the opposition party brought up the issue of her residency and qualification for the upcoming general election.

"I would rather have that issue than plunder or anything else to defend myself," Poe said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco bared last Tuesday that Poe is not qualified to run for president nor vice president in the forthcoming 2016 national elections.

According to the Constitution, candidates for president and vice president should be residents of the Philippines for at least 10 years prior to the elections.

Tiangco showed proof that by May 2016, Poe would only have been a resident of the Philippines for only nine years and six months.

Though Poe has not yet expressed her intent to run for a higher position in 2016, the senator has made public the qualities that she would be looking for in a running mate.

READ: Poe, Roxas, Lacson still undecided on 2016 plans

"Importante na kumpyansa ang loob mo, pinagkakatiwalaan mo... Pero ang importante rin tignan mo 'yung pagkatao. Magaling ba sa trabaho? Masipag ba? Wala bang kaso na plunder?" Poe told members of the press during a visit in Dagupan City on Wednesday.

Poe added that Binay, currently the top contender for the presidency in 2016, has a lot to explain in connection to the corruption allegations against him.

"The Makati City Parking Building is about P2.3 billion total cost... P800 million lang dapat itong building na ito. Ang layo po talaga ng kanilang ginastos," Poe said.

Poe was one of the senators who signed the Blue Ribbon subcommittee report recommending the filing of plunder charges against Binay and several others in relation to the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.


INQUIRER

Legal experts divided on Poe’s eligibility for 2016 presidency Tetch Torres-Tupas @T2TupasINQ INQUIRER.net 6:40 PM | Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Legal experts are divided on whether Senator Grace Poe is qualified to run for President or Vice President in 2016 or not.

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) president Vicente Joyas said if what was presented by UNA interim resident and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco is the genuine certificate of candidacy (COC) of Poe, “then she is not qualified to run for the said position.”

Under Article VII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution requires at least 10 years of Philippine residency, among others, for those running for President.

The same requirement is provided for those aspiring to run for Vice President under Section 3 of the same article.

In her certificate of candidacy for the 2013 polls, Poe said she has been a resident of the country for six years and six months.

Joyas said should Poe decide to run for either President or Vice President, “the issue of residency must be settled.”


Former University of the East College of Law Dean Amado Valdez FILE PHOTO

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But he clarified the IBP will not contest before the court if Poe decided to run because “we may not be the proper party to do that,” adding that the IBP is “just for the rule of law.”

Poe, an adopted daughter of the late National Artist for Film Fernando Poe Jr. and veteran actress Susan Roces went to the US in the late 1980s to study. She finished a political science degree in Boston College in 1991 and stayed in the US.

Based on earlier reports, she returned to the Philippines at the height of the controversy surrounding her father’s bid to run for President in 2004 against incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

On the other hand, two former law deans pointed out that the 10-year residency requirement is mandatory and explicitly stated in the Constitution.

Former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez meanwhile said Poe’s residency should not be downplayed because that 10-year rule is a “mandatory requirement.”

Election law expert Romulo Macalintal earlier said using as basis the same COC, Poe is more than qualified to run for either President or Vice President.


Lawyer Romulo Macalintal. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

“If Poe was a resident of the Philippines for “6 years and 6 months” in October 2012, then the additional period from October 2012 till the May 2016 elections which is three years and 7 months, will give her a total of 10 years and 1 month residence in the Philippines,” Atty. Romulo Macalintal said.

“In other words, it is too early to speculate on what Poe will indicate in her COC for president or VP for the May 2016 elections. The statement she made in her COC for Senator in 2013 will even strengthen her claim of 10-year residency in the Philippines as explained above,” he added.

Macalintal added the COC filed by Poe when she ran for Senator in the 2013 elections cannot be the basis to disqualify her to run for the position of President or Vice-President in next year’s polls.

He compared Poe’s case to that of Leyte Representative Imelda Marcos when she ran for Representative of the first district of Leyte in the 1995 elections.

“In answer to the question ‘period of residence in the constituency immediately preceding the election’ she wrote ‘seven (7) months.’ But upon proof of her having been a domicile or resident of first district of Leyte since birth, the Supreme held that it is the fact of residence and not a statement in the COC which ought to be decisive in determining whether or not an individual has satisfied the constitution’s residency qualification,” Macalintal said.

But former University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Pacifico Agabin said Poe’s case is different from that of Marcos when she ran as Leyte Representative since Poe wrote it in her 2013 certificate of candidacy that “she had been a resident of the Philippines for six years and six months before the May 2013 polls.”

“That would mean she became a Philippine resident starting in November 2006, or nine years and six months ago,” Agabin said.

He added that the doctrine of animus revertendi or having the “intention to return” which was mentioned by Senator Franklin Drilon as basis in saying Poe is qualified to run for 2016 is but a “legal fiction.”

In response, Poe’s camp had said the senator returned to the country 11 years ago, in late 2004, following the death of her father, actor and then opposition standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr.

But according to the Commission on Elections’ Precinct Finder, Senator Poe registered as a voter on August 31, 2006, at the Sta. Lucia Elementary School in San Juan. She is a voter at Precinct 0349A.

Poe’s citizenship was also earlier put in question, especially after it was revealed she has both a US and a Philippine passport.

The lawmaker however explained that she had already renounced her US citizenship even before she became chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board in 2010. TVJ


RAPPLER.COM

Honesty or competence? 'All of the above' – Roxas  Bea Cupin Published 11:09 PM, May 20, 2015 Updated 11:09 PM, May 20, 2015


The presumed standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party says it doesn't have be an either-or – the next president should be both honest and competent
 OLD PROTEST: Interior Secretary Mar Roxas recalls poll fraud allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Malacañang file photo OLD PROTEST: Interior Secretary Mar Roxas recalls poll fraud allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Malacañang file photo

PAMPANGA, Philippines – Should the next president of the Philippines be honest or competent?

For Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumed standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), said it should not be an either-or. It should be “all of the above,” he said in a chance interview with reporters on Wednesday, May 20, on the sidelines of the turnover of new police police cars in Camp Olivas, Pampanga.

Roxas, however, continued to dodge questions about his own plans for the 2016 presidential elections, even as both his political allies and foes have begun to speculate about the coming elections.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, the leading candidate for the presidential elections according to national polls, said on Sunday, May 17, “it would be risky to entrust the next government to those without experience and competence since it would perpetuate the problems besetting the country today.”

It was an apparent reference to neophyte Senator Grace Poe, who is the second most preferred by respondents in presidential polls. In response, Poe said the length of service shouldn’t matter but “honesty” and “quality of service.”

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Roxas has been interior secretary for almost 3 years. Prior to that, he served as transportation chief under Aquino.

Roxas ran but lost as President Benigno Aquino III’s vice president in the 2010 elections. He once also served as senator and congressman, and was once trade secretary under the Estrada and Arroyo administrations. (READ: How do you solve a problem like Mar Roxas?)

The 3 officials – Binay, Poe, and Roxas – are among the top contenders for the presidential race. Roxas, however, has not been doing as well as the Vice President and Poe in surveys.

Poe and Roxas earlier confirmed that they had met at least twice to talk about the Aquino administation’s “Daang Matuwid (Straight Path)” and the future of the Philippines.

Roxas on Wednesday remained vague about the result of those meetings or of a possible Roxas-Poe tandem. He only said that decisions and developments will be made “in the right time.”

For Roxas, the biggest issue of the coming polls will be “Daang Matuwid,” the Aquino government’s tagline for their anti-corruption campaign.

“Ang issue po sa darating na halalan ay ipagpapatuloy ba ang Daang Matuwid? Saan ba natin dadalhin ang ating bansa? Yan lang naman ang issue. At lahat kami naniniwala na dapat naman ay dalhin natin sa maayos, matino, hayag, tapat na pamamahala [ang bansa] at kabahagi nga ito ng Daang Matuwid,” said Roxas.

(The issue in the coming elections is will we push forward the Straight Path? Where will be bring the country? That’s the only issue. And all of us believe that it’s only right that we bring the Philippines towards good, transparent, honest governance and that’s part of the Straight Path.)

Some Liberal Party allies are pushing for a Roxas-Poe tandem, while others want Poe to be the party’s standard-bearer in 2016. Poe, like Roxas, has yet to make clear pronouncements for 2016. – Rappler.com

MANILA TIMES by Francisco Tatad

Grace Poe may not even be qualified to sit as senator June 2, 2015 11:39 pm FRANCISCO S. TATAD


by FRANCISCO S. TATAD

Many disturbing questions have arisen concerning Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares. None of them were ever raised with such intensity before, but you will notice the ferocity with which they are being asked now.

This began after she started dropping hints that she might run for higher office, and after she signed the highly questionable Senate blue ribbon subcommittee report recommending plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. The report, according to the latest bulletin, has been signed by a total of ten senators.

Binay, who campaigned vigorously for Grace’s late adopted father Fernando Poe’s presidential bid in 2004, is a declared presidential aspirant for 2016. The filing of plunder charges against him could completely derail his plans.

Poe knew this only too well. As an upright senator, she could have regretted the fact that a purported “inquiry in aid of legislation” had turned into an “inquisitorial action” against Binay, and begged off from signing the report. But she chose to be part of the public stoning of Binay.

Playing to the gallery Ordinary Filipinos will tend to look at Poe’s act as decidedly “un-Filipino.” But she tried to play to the gallery by declaring that her loyalty belonged to the people rather than to her friends.

That demagogic sound bite is as old as the hills. E. M. Forster’s well-remembered contrary quote says that “if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend I hope I had the guts to betray my country.”

PNoy has carried this practice to perfection, not out of guts but out of character or lack of character. By her statement, Grace has set herself apart from PNoy.

But people are asking questions not because they are pro-Binay, but because they have suddenly become nervous about, if not afraid of, the previously harmless-looking little girl.

It would be good if Ms. Poe could devote an hour or so of her official time to address this fear. Under the Rules of the Senate, she could rise on a Question of Privilege and talk about it anytime.

Or she could arrange a news conference on national television for the same purpose. ABS-CBN, which seems to be positioning itself to support her bid for high office with a show featuring nostalgic stuff about her legendary adopted father should be happy to facilitate it.

But even before any or all of that happens, we should be able to peek deeper into these issues.

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For obvious reasons, I approach this with extreme caution.

I do not want to be drawn into any controversy about promoting Grace Poe’s higher ambitions or trying to spoil them. But we all have a duty to be forthright and fair.

I do not know Grace Poe at all. And I do not know enough people who know enough of her either.

But I ran with FPJ in 2004, and the mere mention of her name evokes in me some sense of affinity with her. We suffered the same heartbreak in that famous debacle. I never doubted that FPJ, as our presidential candidate, won the vote but lost the count, just as I never doubted that I won the vote, but lost the count in the senatorial.

Let me step back a little.

In 2002, I wrote “A Nation on Fire,” a 658-page book on how GMA ejected Erap Estrada out of Malacañang. This was read at home and abroad. Now, at the hustings, where the mood was rabidly oppositionist, I asked the voters not to reward the sitting president with another six years, after occupying the office against our will for the last four years.


"A Nation on Fire" is former Senator Francisco S. Tatad’s eyewitness account of the trial and ousting of Joseph Ejercito Estrada and the "remaking of democracy in the Philippines." It contains a complete record of Estrada’s impeachment trail, and an analysis of the anti-Estrada coup and it’s effects on the country’s constitutional order and institutions.

This was widely cheered by the crowds, who danced in front of my float, just as they did in front of FPJ’s. But every time I spoke, the live radio-TV coverage simply died.

So my line, which was about the only line against the incumbent from any candidate, was never heard outside our political rallies. I thought something unholy was going on, so I asked FPJ, who never lost his radio-tv coverage, if he could use that line in his standard speech.


Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe, Jr. and colloquially known as FPJ and Da KingFPJ’s laconic reply was, “hindi pa naman puno ang salup, pare.” (The ‘ganta’ is not yet full, my friend.) FPJ lived: Aug 20, 1939 - Dec 14, 2004 (age 65)

But when FPJ died a few months after the election, his brave widow casually rebuked the victor.

“You stole the presidency not once, but twice!” she said, and a great applause was heard across the nation. With that, I believe I have shown my good intentions, and I can now pose my questions for Sen. Grace Poe.

Madam Senator, was there really a legitimate and valid election in 2013? Did you honestly win as No. 1 senator in that election?

The next question has to be asked, and there is no other way of asking it. Where and when were you born born? It is well-known that you were adopted by FPJ and his wife Susan Roces, but where and when and under what circumstances did this adoption take place?

The Constitution requires that a candidate for President, Vice President and Congress should be a natural-born Filipino. Were you natural-born?

It is admitted that sometime in your life you became a citizen of the United States. When did this happen, and what effect did it have on your natural-born status?

When did you renounce your US citizenship and become a Filipino citizen all over again?

Discussion

To help her answer these questions, let us discuss the issues, one by one.

The 2013 senatorial elections.

As in the 2010 presidential elections, the 2013 election was conducted by the Venezuelan marketing firm Smartmatic for the Commission on Elections, which has the sole constitutional authority to conduct elections. It used the precinct count optical scan machines, after they had been divested of all security and safety features and accuracy mechanisms, in violation of law. Smartmatic’s control of the elections rendered the process constitutionally infirm, while the destruction of all the safety features and accuracy mechanisms of the PCOS machine rendered the results unacceptable.

The magic of the PCOS machine enabled PNoy to dictate the results of the elections.

These followed a 60-30-10 pattern, which Ateneo Math Professor Alex Muga and kindred analysts denounced as statistically improbable.

Here, 60 percent of the votes went to PNoy’s lackluster and anemic senatorial candidates; 30 percent went to the candidates of UNA; and 10 percent to the “independents.”

The pattern held without any deviation all over the country, down to precinct level.

Out of nowhere Grace Poe took No. 1 position, even in places where she was hardly known and nobody talked about her.

The first time she ran for the same position, she came out among the tailenders. Now, without any logical explanation, she was leading the pack under the aegis of 60-30-10.

But there was something fishy about her votes.

On May 18, 2013, according to the Comelec Website, out of 129 certificates of canvass (COCs), she got 20,147,423 votes.

On June 7, this rose to 20,337,327 votes. But on July 11-13, this fell to 16,340,333 votes–a drop of nearly 4 million votes. It finally went back to 20,337,327 votes.

As for the total number of votes counted, the Comelec Website reported 39.8 million votes as of May 18, 2013.

On May 29, the figure fell to 31.5 million. Finally on Oct. 30, the website reported 40.1 million, leaving a total of 8 million to 9 million uncounted votes. What exactly is the honest truth?

Personal circumstances.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Grace was born in Iloilo City on Sept. 3, 1968 of unknown parents but was abandoned upon birth by her biological mother at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral where she was found by a woman named Chayong, who passed her on to another woman named Tessie Valencia of Bacolod, a close friend of the FPJ-Susan Roces couple.

The couple adopted her with the encouragement of then Archbishop (later Cardinal) Jaime Sin, when Valencia decided to migrate to the US. She received a good education that included college studies at the University of the Philippines and Boston College.

She became an American citizen during her stay in the US. It is not quite clear when this happened, but this could have happened only before the passage of RA 922 in 2003, which provides that “natural born citizens of he Philippines who, after the effectively of this Act, become citizens of a foreign country, shall retain their Philippine citizenship upon taking the (appropriate) oath.”

This means that when she became an American citizen, she did not automatically retain her Filipino citizenship. In applying for US citizenship, she took the oath of allegiance to the US government, which says:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all its enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombat service in the Armed Forces of the United States; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

Having lost her Philippine citizenship and become a naturalized American citizen, she had to apply to to be naturalized as a Filipino citizen in order to become a Filipino citizen again.

So from being an American citizen, she is now a naturalized Filipino citizen. Unquestionably, she is a Filipino citizen, but certainly no longer a natural-born Filipino citizen.

And since, by this legal demonstration, she is not a natural-born citizen, the question does not arise whether or not she is qualified to run for President or Vice President in 2016.

What is material and relevant to the nation at this point is that she is not qualified to sit even as senator.


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