© Copyright, 2015 (PHNO)
 http://newsflash.org


PHNO HEADLINE NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

COMELEC 2nd DIVISION DISQUALIFIED POE FROM 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE; WILL APPEAL
[Chiz confirms DQ. Poe’s running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, confirmed that she was disqualified by the Comelec second division, saying he received the information beforehand, but failed to provide additional details. Poe issued a statement on the poll body’s second division decision, expressing disappointment.
The statement reads: “I am disappointed in the decision, but this is not the end of the process. We will continue to fight for the rights of foundlings and the fundamental right of the people to choose their leaders.]


DECEMBER 2 -'Deliberate’ material misrepresentation scored Her dream to become the 2016 President of the Republic appears over for Sen. Grace Poe after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) second division ruled that the certificate of candidacy (CoC) she had filed in October is canceled on her lack of residency in the country.
This means that Poe’s name as a presidential candidate will not be listed on the ballot. The constitutional requirement for a presidential aspirant is a 10-year residency in the country, among other requirements, such as the aspirant being a natural-born Filipino citizen. If the issue of Poe’s naturalized citizenship remains as the final majority ruling in the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), despite a motion for consideration from the camp of Rizalito David, even if it is brought before the Supreme Court and even if the SC rules in her favor, Poe will still be disqualified, owing to her lack of residency. Poe may, however be eligible for the presidency in 2022, should she, in the end, be ruled as a natural born citizen. She would have completed her 10 year residency by then, that is, if the SC rules that she is indeed a natural born citizen, otherwise, she will still be estopped from running for publc office. However, until the SC rules on the issue of her citizenship, Poe stays as a senator of the Republic. Comelec resolution In a 35-page resolution, the Comelec second division voted 3-0 in favor of the petition filed by lawyer Estrella Elamparo, who sought the cancellation of Poe’s certificate of candidacy (CoC) for president. The division favored Elamparo’s argument that Poe failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement mandated by the Constitution for a presidential candidate. “We would have wanted to declare the respondent eligible to seek the highest position in the land, within the gift of our people. After all, she is not only popular. She is a potentially good leader,” the resolution read. “However. it is our bounden duty to resolve this case by applying the Constitution, law, jurisprudence and no-other. “Wherefore, in view of all the foregoing considerations, the instant Petition to Deny Due Course to or Cancel Certificate of Candidacy is hereby granted,” the division said in its resolution. “Accordingly, the Certificate of Candidacy for President of the Republic of the Philippines in the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections filed by respondent Mary Grace Natividad Sonora Poe Llamanzares is hereby canceled,” it added. READ MORE...RELATED, This is not the end of the process, says Grace Poe; We will continue to fight...

ALSO: Duterte tops SWS poll; Poe, Binay tied at 2nd


In the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), Davao City Mayor Duterte gained 38 percent of the 1,200 respondents from all over the country with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe tied at 21 percent. Philstar.com/File
  DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte surged on top of a commissioned survey for presidential candidates in the 2016 elections.
In the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), Duterte gained 38 percent of the 1,200 respondents from all over the country with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe tied at 21 percent. Administration candidate Manuel Roxas II trailed at 15 percent with Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago at fourth place with 4 percent. In the vice presidential race, the same survey revealed Sen. Francis Escudero garnered 30 percent, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at 24 percent; Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, 21 percent; Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo at 12 percent; Sen. Gregorio Honasan at 6 percent; Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at 5 percent with the undecided at 1 percent. The survey was conducted from Nov. 26 to 28 during which Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy, making official his run for the presidency after several weeks of giving mixed signals as to his political plans. Those undecided in the survey comprised at least one percent of the total of 1,200 respondents with 300 each taken from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The SWS has taken a separate survey without mentioning Duterte. In that survey, Poe ranked first with 33 percent, Binay at 28 percent, Roxas at 20 percent and Santiago 11 percent with the undecided at 7 percent. READ MORE...

ALSO Poe hints Binay, Roxas behind disqualification cases


DECEMBER 2 -Asked who she thought were behind such efforts, Poe said: “Eh di yung mga katunggali ko na dalawa na sigurado ako may mga taong ’yun na nagpaharap ng mga kasong yun.” 
Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday hinted that two of her rivals for the presidential post—Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas—were behind the series of disqualification cases against her.
Facing the media a day after the Commission on Elections second division granted a petition seeking to disqualify her from the race, Poe lamented that moves to stop her bid had already intensified. Asked who she thought were behind such efforts, Poe said: “Eh di yung mga katunggali ko na dalawa na sigurado ako may mga taong ’yun na nagpaharap ng mga kasong yun.” She added: “Alam na ninyo ang mga koneksyon. Basta ganito, makikita naman ninyo sa mga galaw nila. Sino bang may mga koneksyon sa may malalakas na mga law firm? Sino bang alam nating mga dati pang kaalyado ng mga ibang tumatakbo?” “Basta para sa akin po, itapon na ninyo lahat ’yan, gusto nyong gawin ’yan para ma-disqualify ako, tatanggapin ko naman lahat ’yan. Maglaban tayo sa tamang paraan basta lamang ang ating sinusulong ay para sa kabutihan ng ating mga kababayan, hindi lamang para sa mga personal na interest lamang nyo para kayo ang magwagi.” “I just feel that somebody’s behind it. Now am I being harassed? I’m just doing what I need to do to be able to go through the process, to be able to overcome this hurdle,” the senator added. Pressed to name the two opponents, the senator suddenly ended the interview. But after a couple of minutes, her staff member announced that she would come back and answer more questions from the media. READ MORE...RELATED, Escudero traces anti-Poe lawyer to Roxas camp...

ALSO: Poe hits ‘winning by default’; challenges Roxas, vp answer questions on integrity


DECEMBER 5 -Sen. Grace Poe - Faced with possible disqualification from the presidential race, Sen. Grace Poe turned the tables yesterday on her opponents who would likely gain if she is ruled out of contention. She said winning the presidential race by default would be an empty victory and not “tunay na panalo (real victory).” At a sortie in Surigao City yesterday, Poe admitted that she may have problems about her being a foundling and uncertain citizenship but this is minuscule compared to her contenders facing integrity issues. She challenged Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and Vice President Jejomar Binay to answer questions pertaining to their integrity. “We need somebody who is sincere, with integrity and with no (political) baggage,” Poe said. “For me, the only baggage I carry concerns my birth. This is not like a big corruption issue or failure to deliver services. I think, (people) are thinking that I have a big problem. But this should not be considered big if we look at other concerns that we need to focus on,” she added. Poe has been disqualified from the presidential race by the Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for not meeting the constitutional requirements of residency. There were also questions about Poe’s citizenship but the Senate Electoral Tribunal on Thursday affirmed its earlier ruling that the senator is a natural- born Filipino. Poe said she would appeal the Comelec ruling or elevate the issue before the Supreme Court on Monday. She likened her disqualification cases to a boxing match, which she said would eventually end up in the Supreme Court. “In Round 3, we might win or lose but in the Supreme Court, there can be a knockout,” she told the students of the Surigao State College of Technology. Poe said she is not trying to muddle the issues of her residency and citizenship. “This is what I can say, I am facing all the questions regarding that issue. I am answering all the allegations against me. I also am telling the truth, and I am not telling lies,” Poe said in Filipino. Poe said she is not taking lightly the questions about her citizenship amid the slew of disqualification cases against her before the Comelec. Rather than focus on her, Poe said her opponents should answer to the people on issues about graft and questionable integrity. READ MORE... RELATED,  Trillanes: Comelec’s DQ ruling vs Poe ‘blatantly partisan’...

ALSO: Mar lambasts ‘disappointed’ duo


DECEMBER 5 -Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel Roxas II slammed Sen. Francis Escudero yesterday for linking him to the disqualification cases against presidential rival Sen. Grace Poe, saying the accusation was made out of disappointment over a potential campaign setback. Escudero is the running mate of Poe in next year’s national elections. Their tandem has topped recent popularity surveys. “The partner of my rival is blaming me. I have nothing to do with it (filing of disqualification case),” Roxas said, referring to Escudero. “They were already disappointed. If they were hurt with the decision then they have to admit it,” Roxas said in a radio interview here, referring to the ruling of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division disqualifying Poe from the presidential race over questions regarding her residency. Escudero said on Thursday a lawyer who filed a petition for Poe’s disqualification has had links to Roxas’ camp. He said Estrella Elamparo was connected with a law firm associated with former defense secretary Avelino Cruz, a campaign supporter of Roxas. Elamparo had served as spokesperson and chief legal counsel of the Government Service Insurance System. Roxas said he was wondering why he alone was being blamed for Poe’s troubles considering that fellow presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte have also expressed doubts on Poe’s citizenship and residency status. Santiago said the other day she believed Poe was not a natural-born Filipino. Roxas said Duterte had even declared he finally decided to run for president to prevent an American from assuming the country’s top post. It was the Binay camp, through its spokesman Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco, which first raised the residency issue against Poe. “In the first place, I’ve been very sincere in courting Senator Poe as my running mate. However, when she decided to join the presidential race, we respected it. Now, they are blaming me. What can I do if our countrymen don’t want an American citizen,” Roxas said. LP spokesman Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice said they were wondering why Escudero did not point to Binay’s camp, which first questioned Poe’s citizenship. He said there were rumors that Escudero would jump to Binay’s camp if Poe is disqualified. In another interview later in the day in Dagupan City, Roxas said he understands Poe is hurting from her legal troubles, but that she or her supporters should stop putting the blame on other people. “All of us experience disappointments in life, but it doesn’t mean that when we fail to get what we want, there is someone behind it,” Roxas said in a live interview over K17 The Kabaleyan Channel. “Sometimes we don’t get what we want because we are wrong,” he said in Filipino. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Retain Poe’s name in ballot’ - Brillantes


DECEMBER 6 -Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said it would not be proper if the name of presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe would be removed from the list of candidates of the 2016 presidential elections pending resolution of her disqualification case before the Comelec.
Even if Poe loses in the Comelec, she could still appeal her case before the Supreme Court. Brillantes said there is a possibility that the SC might decide in favor of Poe. “If that would be the case, then how can you return Poe’s name in the ballots that were already printed,” Brillantes said. He said Poe has an option to appeal for a mandatory injunction before the C to include her name in the ballot. Should Poe lose at the high court, the votes for her will not be counted. Brillantes cited what happened in the 2010 elections where presidential candidate Vetellano Acosta’s name was still included on the ballot even if he was declared nuisance, Brillantes said. All of his votes were not counted by the poll body. He also urged the poll body to quickly resolve all the disqualification cases filed against Poe and fellow presidential aspirant Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Poe DQd from 2016 presidential race

MANILA
, DECEMBER 7, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

‘Deliberate’ material misrepresentation scored



Her dream to become the 2016 President of the Republic appears over for Sen. Grace Poe after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) second division ruled that the certificate of candidacy (CoC) she had filed in October is canceled on her lack of residency in the country.

This means that Poe’s name as a presidential candidate will not be listed on the ballot.
The constitutional requirement for a presidential aspirant is a 10-year residency in the country, among other requirements, such as the aspirant being a natural-born Filipino citizen.

If the issue of Poe’s naturalized citizenship remains as the final majority ruling in the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), despite a motion for consideration from the camp of Rizalito David, even if it is brought before the Supreme Court and even if the SC rules in her favor, Poe will still be disqualified, owing to her lack of residency.

Poe may, however be eligible for the presidency in 2022, should she, in the end, be ruled as a natural born citizen. She would have completed her 10 year residency by then, that is, if the SC rules that she is indeed a natural born citizen, otherwise, she will still be estopped from running for publc office.

However, until the SC rules on the issue of her citizenship, Poe stays as a senator of the Republic.

Comelec resolution

In a 35-page resolution, the Comelec second division voted 3-0 in favor of the petition filed by lawyer Estrella Elamparo, who sought the cancellation of Poe’s certificate of candidacy (CoC) for president.

The division favored Elamparo’s argument that Poe failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement mandated by the Constitution for a presidential candidate.

“We would have wanted to declare the respondent eligible to seek the highest position in the land, within the gift of our people. After all, she is not only popular. She is a potentially good leader,” the resolution read.

“However. it is our bounden duty to resolve this case by applying the Constitution, law, jurisprudence and no-other.

“Wherefore, in view of all the foregoing considerations, the instant Petition to Deny Due Course to or Cancel Certificate of Candidacy is hereby granted,” the division said in its resolution.

“Accordingly, the Certificate of Candidacy for President of the Republic of the Philippines in the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections filed by respondent Mary Grace Natividad Sonora Poe Llamanzares is hereby canceled,” it added.

READ MORE...

The members of the second division are Commissioners Al Parreño, Arthur Lim, and Sheriff Abas.

Poe’s counsel George Garcia said Poe will appeal the Comelec decision.

Lawyer Estrella Elamparo, who sought the cancelation of Poe’s CoC said Grace Poe failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement of presidential candidate mandated in the 1987 Constitution.

The Comelec division ruling also stated that Poe became a Filipino resident on July 2006 when she applied for dual citizenship, making her two months short in meeting the 10-year residency rule for a presidential candidate.

The Elamparo petition was just one of the four petitions seeking to disqualify Poe from the presidential race.

Elamparo filed a petition to deny due course or the CoC of Poe on Oct. 16, a day after Poe filed her candidacy for president.

“In the case Poe, unfortunately she does not know her parents so it is not sure if she is a Filipino citizen from birth. She is presumed a natural born citizen but this is a mere presumption,” Elamparo said in her petition.

Elamparo added that even if it was proven that her parents were indeed Filipino, Poe would still have a problem with the law.

“She was naturalized as a US citizen in 2001. Up to 2006, she was an American citizen.
 She applied to re-acquire her dual citizenship law in 2006, because of the lag time in her citizenship, the status of her citizenship is not from birth but only from 2006,” Elamparo said.

Chiz confrims DQ

Poe’s running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, confirmed that she was disqualified by the Comelec second division, saying he received the information beforehand, but failed to provide additional details.

The division also said Poe “deliberately attempted to mislead or misinform the electorate or hide a fact from them when she supplied the answer ’10 years and 11 months’ to the question” on her period of residence in the Philippines in her CoC.

Poe’s lawyers insist that she became a resident in May 2005.

Elamparo, for her part, welcomed the decision, although she has not received any information yet.

“I’m actually very relieved that they decided in favor of granting the petition because they (Coemelc) stood up for the Constitution despite what is perceived to be the public sentiment. It means they have the wisdom and the courage to stand up for the Constitution,” she ws quoted as sayng.

Poe issuses statement, blasts critics

Poe issued a statement on the poll body’s second division decision, expressing disappointment.

The statement reads: “I am disappointed in the decision, but this is not the end of the process. We will continue to fight for the rights of foundlings and the fundamental right of the people to choose their leaders.

“I maintain that I am a natural born Filipino and have complied with the 10 year residency requirement based on settled applicable jurisprudence.

“My critics will use any excuse to exclude me, much like they tried to do when FPJ ran for president, and in the process disenfranchising the people as well. They show a lack of trust in the ability of Filipinos to make the right decision.

“I have faith in the process, and we are confident that the Comelec en banc will side with the interest of the people,” she said.

Atty. Pearlito Campanilla, lead convenor of Lawyers for an Election Advancing the People’s Will, or LEAP, in another statement, said: “It is totally out of order for a division in Comelec to decide a single case of disqualification. There are four cases. What the Comelec should have done is to consolidate all the cases in one division and decide on all of them as a whole. What if the other division handling the other disqualification cases comes up with a contrary decision? Then there will be anarchy. It is best to just allow Sen. Grace Poe to run and let the people disqualify her or qualify her as president.”

Poe’s spokesman speaks


Poe’s spokesperson, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian

Our camp firmly believes that Sen. Grace Poe is a natural born Filipino. She has met all the requirements including the residency requirement. So there is no reason for us to believe that when we get to the en banc that the same decision will come out. We believe that collectively, they will see the merits of our position.

I have not yet secured a copy as well...but from what I was told, Number 1, it was hinged on the residency and on being a non-natural born Filipino. Based on her earlier CoC when she ran for senator, taking off from that date till now, she did not meet the necessary requirement.

Our position to that is again, she has been domiciled in the country since 2005. So taking off from 2005 till now, she has more than sufficiently met the residency requirement. We also want to point out that there is jurisprudence such as the Imelda Romualdez case wherein the SC itself said that what matters is the fact, if you really reside in that place, not what you wrote in the CoC.

We non-lawyers, when she filed for senator, she was not guided by a lawyer when she was filling up her CoC. Sometimes, the technicalities of CoC, can be quite complicated and daunting for us non-lawyers. We’re reiterating that she has been domiciled in the country since 2005 and taking off from that period up until the day before election of next year, she has fully met the residency requirement, even more than what is required of her.

On her being a non-Filipino, I think the arguments to that have been laid out so many times both publicly and even in the SET. The SET has ruled and found her status as a natural born Filipino.

As we have always said, this is part of a process. We respect the process. For Senator Poe, there are legal remedies. There are still steps and we will explore all of those and we will exhaust all of those.

What is important is that the people, her supporters, are assured that she is running for the presidency.

We have to remember that this is a decision of a division. This does not mean that the decision is final. She will still officially, up to now, a candidate and she will appear in the ballot.
By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales

------------------------------------------------------

RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

This is not the end of the process, says Grace Poe By: Maila Ager
@MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 07:37 PM December 1st, 2015


Presidential aspirant Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

While disappointed by the decision of a division of the Commission on Election (Comelec) to disqualify her from the 2016 presidential race, Senator Grace Poe said “this is not the end of the process.”

“I am disappointed in the decision, but this is not the end of the process. We will continue to fight for the rights of foundlings and the fundamental right of the people to choose their leaders,” Poe said in a statement on Tuesday, shortly after the Comelec’s 2nd Division granted a petition seeking to bar her from the race.

READ: Comelec 2nd division disqualifies Grace Poe from presidential race

“I maintain that I am a natural born Filipino and have complied with the 10-year residency requirement based on settled applicable jurisprudence,” she said.

“My critics will use any excuse to exclude me, much like they tried to do when FPJ ran for president, and in the process disenfranchising the people as well,” Poe added.

She was referring to her adoptive father, later actor Fernando Poe Jr., who ran and lost to then President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“They show a lack of trust in the ability of Filipinos to make the right decision,” said the senator.

“I have faith in the process, and we are confident that the Comelec en banc will side with the interest of the people,” she added. TVJ

RELATED STORIES

Escudero: Poe can appeal disqualification before Comelec en banc

Even Escudero says Susan Roces can’t run


PHILSTAR

Duterte tops SWS poll; Poe, Binay tied at 2nd By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 7, 2015 - 1:00am 1 4 googleplus0 0


In the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), Davao City Mayor Duterte gained 38 percent of the 1,200 respondents from all over the country with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe tied at 21 percent. Philstar.com/File

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte surged on top of a commissioned survey for presidential candidates in the 2016 elections.

In the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), Duterte gained 38 percent of the 1,200 respondents from all over the country with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe tied at 21 percent.

Administration candidate Manuel Roxas II trailed at 15 percent with Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago at fourth place with 4 percent.

In the vice presidential race, the same survey revealed Sen. Francis Escudero garnered 30 percent, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at 24 percent; Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, 21 percent; Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo at 12 percent; Sen. Gregorio Honasan at 6 percent; Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at 5 percent with the undecided at 1 percent.

The survey was conducted from Nov. 26 to 28 during which Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy, making official his run for the presidency after several weeks of giving mixed signals as to his political plans.

Those undecided in the survey comprised at least one percent of the total of 1,200 respondents with 300 each taken from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The SWS has taken a separate survey without mentioning Duterte.

In that survey, Poe ranked first with 33 percent, Binay at 28 percent, Roxas at 20 percent and Santiago 11 percent with the undecided at 7 percent.

READ MORE...

On the other hand, the SWS survey mentioning Duterte revealed the Davao mayor garnered 48 percent in the National Capital Region (NCR); 26 percent for the rest of Luzon; 44 percent in the Visayas region and 50 percent in Mindanao.

Duterte was also highest with 62 percent among the candidates in the economic classes, ABC, 37 percent in Class D and 32 percent in Class E.

Binay had 18 percent in the NCR, 27 percent in Luzon, 14 percent in the Visayas region and 18 percent in Mindanao.

Binay was also 16 percent in economic class ABC, 21 percent in class D and 26 percent in class E

Meanwhile, Poe garnered 22 percent, 28 percent, 16 percent and 13 percent, respectively in NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Poe had 13 percent in economic class ABC, 22 percent in Class D, 20 percent in Class E.

Roxas got 7 percent in NCR, 14 percent in Luzon, 20 percent in Visayas and 16 in Mindanao.

And by economic classes, Roxas got 6 percent for ABC, 15 percent for D, and 7 percent for E.

Santiago, on the other hand, got 3 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively for NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Santiago also had 1 percent of the economic class ABC, 4 percent for D and 5 percent for E.

The error margins for the SWS survey was at +3 percent for the entire country and 6 percent each for NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


INQUIRER

Poe hints Binay, Roxas behind disqualification cases By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 04:23 PM December 2nd, 2015


Asked who she thought were behind such efforts, Poe said: “Eh di yung mga katunggali ko na dalawa na sigurado ako may mga taong ’yun na nagpaharap ng mga kasong yun.”

Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday hinted that two of her rivals for the presidential post—Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas—were behind the series of disqualification cases against her.

Facing the media a day after the Commission on Elections second division granted a petition seeking to disqualify her from the race, Poe lamented that moves to stop her bid had already intensified.

Asked who she thought were behind such efforts, Poe said: “Eh di yung mga katunggali ko na dalawa na sigurado ako may mga taong ’yun na nagpaharap ng mga kasong yun.”

She added: “Alam na ninyo ang mga koneksyon. Basta ganito, makikita naman ninyo sa mga galaw nila. Sino bang may mga koneksyon sa may malalakas na mga law firm? Sino bang alam nating mga dati pang kaalyado ng mga ibang tumatakbo?”

“Basta para sa akin po, itapon na ninyo lahat ’yan, gusto nyong gawin ’yan para ma-disqualify ako, tatanggapin ko naman lahat ’yan. Maglaban tayo sa tamang paraan basta lamang ang ating sinusulong ay para sa kabutihan ng ating mga kababayan, hindi lamang para sa mga personal na interest lamang nyo para kayo ang magwagi.”

“I just feel that somebody’s behind it. Now am I being harassed? I’m just doing what I need to do to be able to go through the process, to be able to overcome this hurdle,” the senator added.

Pressed to name the two opponents, the senator suddenly ended the interview. But after a couple of minutes, her staff member announced that she would come back and answer more questions from the media.

READ MORE...

When she returned, Poe asked for understanding from the media, saying she only had to take a break.

Asked to confirm if the two rivals she was referring to were Binay and Roxas, Poe said: “Oo, sila naman yun e.”

But Poe quickly added: “Hindi. Ang sinabi ko ’yung mga tumatakbo ngayon. Nasa sa inyo na po pero ’yun yung sinasabi ko.”

“Yung issue dapat sino ba ang dapat na tanggalin? Di ba mas mabigat talaga ang konsiderasyon ng korapsyon at konsiderasyon ng panglalamang sa kapwa nya o ang konsiderasyon sa hindi pag ganap ng trabaho, nililihis po nila ang usapin para hindi po mapansin ang mga bagay na yan,” she said.

“Pero hindi na po ako natatakot, eh sa dami na po na talagang binabato ninyo, mas lalo pong tumitibay ang loob ko na hindi natin dapat payagan ang mga ganito na mamuno sa ating bayan,” Poe added. CDG/RC

---------------------------------------------

RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

Escudero traces anti-Poe lawyer to Roxas camp By: Maila Ager
@MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 10:41 AM December 3rd, 2015


Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Senator Francis Escudero has traced the lawyer who filed a disqualification case against Senator Grace Poe to the camp of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Poe and Roxas are both running for president in the 2016 elections.

Escudero, running mate of Poe, said lawyer Estrella Elamparo is with a law firm, which he said was used by former Defense Secretary Avelino “Nonong” Cruz in a case he filed against former associate Pancho Villaraza. Cruz and Villaraza were partners in the Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco or CVC Law also known as “The Firm.”

Elamparo is the petitioner in a disqualification case against Poe, which was upheld by the second division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“She (Elamparo) is with Divina law firm which was the firm used by Nonong Cruz in the case he filed vs Pancho Villaraza,” Escudero said in a text message Wednesday night when asked if Elamparo was connected to the Liberal Party (LP).

“Nonong Cruz is of course with Mar,” he further said.

Senate President Franklin Drilon earlier denied that Elamparo was connected with the LP, which is endorsing Roxas’ presidential bid.


Elamparo has no connection to LP, says Drilon

After her petition was granted by the Comelec Second Division, Elamparo immediately filed another motion seeking Poe’s exclusion from the ballot for next year’s elections.

“Her over eagerness is astonishing!” Escudero said when sough to react to Elamparo’s new motion.

“Perhaps she is simply trying to gain publicity or attention to her cause given that, as a lawyer, she should know that the relief she is asking for is not in accordance with the law and rules of the Comelec,” he added. RAM


PHILSTAR

Poe hits ‘winning by default’; challenges Roxas, vp answer questions on integrity By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2015 - 12:00am 1 3 googleplus0 1


Sen. Grace Poe

MANILA, Philippines - Faced with possible disqualification from the presidential race, Sen. Grace Poe turned the tables yesterday on her opponents who would likely gain if she is ruled out of contention.

She said winning the presidential race by default would be an empty victory and not “tunay na panalo (real victory).”

At a sortie in Surigao City yesterday, Poe admitted that she may have problems about her being a foundling and uncertain citizenship but this is minuscule compared to her contenders facing integrity issues.

She challenged Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and Vice President Jejomar Binay to answer questions pertaining to their integrity.

“We need somebody who is sincere, with integrity and with no (political) baggage,” Poe said.

“For me, the only baggage I carry concerns my birth. This is not like a big corruption issue or failure to deliver services. I think, (people) are thinking that I have a big problem. But this should not be considered big if we look at other concerns that we need to focus on,” she added.

Poe has been disqualified from the presidential race by the Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for not meeting the constitutional requirements of residency.

There were also questions about Poe’s citizenship but the Senate Electoral Tribunal on Thursday affirmed its earlier ruling that the senator is a natural- born Filipino.

Poe said she would appeal the Comelec ruling or elevate the issue before the Supreme Court on Monday.

She likened her disqualification cases to a boxing match, which she said would eventually end up in the Supreme Court.

“In Round 3, we might win or lose but in the Supreme Court, there can be a knockout,” she told the students of the Surigao State College of Technology.

Poe said she is not trying to muddle the issues of her residency and citizenship.

“This is what I can say, I am facing all the questions regarding that issue. I am answering all the allegations against me. I also am telling the truth, and I am not telling lies,” Poe said in Filipino.

Poe said she is not taking lightly the questions about her citizenship amid the slew of disqualification cases against her before the Comelec.

Rather than focus on her, Poe said her opponents should answer to the people on issues about graft and questionable integrity.

READ MORE...

Because of the attempts to divert public attention and sow confusion among the people, Poe lamented that major issues about the delivery of basic services, the need to address poverty and stopping corruption have been set aside.

“That was what my father taught me, to always take into priority the plight of the disadvantaged, the poor and those who are left out in society,” Poe said, referring to her adoptive father, the late action star Fernando Poe Jr.

Poe’s lawyer George Garcia yesterday sought to dismiss the election offense filed against the senator in the filing of her certificate of candidacy (COC) in the 2013 elections.

Garcia filed a five-page Motion to Take Judicial Notice before the Comelec to dismiss the complaint filed by presidential aspirant Rizalito David for lack of probable cause.

Garcia cited the ruling of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on Thursday that dismissed David’s petition, affirming the earlier ruling that Poe is a natural-born Filipino citizen.

“All told, given SET’s decision and resolution in SET case, respondent submits that this Honorable Commission can no longer find sufficient ground to engender a well-founded belief that respondent lied in her COC when she represented that she possessed the citizenship and residency qualifications as Senator. The complaint must therefore be dismissed for lack of probable cause,” read the motion filed by Garcia.

David claimed Poe had committed an election offense for material misrepresentation on her COC concerning her citizenship and residency.

But Garcia said the Comelec should take notice of the SET ruling which heard the disqualification of Poe based on her 2013 COC.

“It is fair to state that almost all Filipinos are aware of the ruling of the SET that respondent is a natural-born Filipino,” Garcia said.

Aquino gets flak


Aquino bats for Roxas in speech with Filipino community in Rome, blasts political rivals including Poe.

Bombarded with highly charged political campaign issues, Poe thinks the Filipino people are now at the crossroads on the issue on who should be trusted to become the country’s next president.

She also took a swipe at President Aquino for attacking Roxas’ opponents in the presidential race.

Aquino addressed the Filipino community in Italy in criticizing other presidential candidates, including Poe.

The President quoted the “bagong umaga” or new day line that is Poe’s campaign slogan. Without mentioning Poe, Aquino said this candidate promises to do more than he did without giving any specific plans and it is as if the people will just wake up one day with all their problems solved.

Poe reiterated what she is offering to the people is someone who has integrity, who can be trusted and who will not give undue favors to anyone.

In spite of some potshots fired at her by Aquino as part of the campaign for the 2016 elections, Poe said she continues to hold him in high regard. –Ben Serrano, Marvin Sy, Paolo Romero, Sheila Crisostomo, Mayen Jaymalin

----------------------------------------------

RELATED FROM THE NQUIRER

Trillanes: Comelec’s DQ ruling vs Poe ‘blatantly partisan’
By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 02:04 PM December 2nd, 2015


POE, TRILLANES

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV hit the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division for issuing a ruling disqualifying Senator Grace Poe from the 2016 presidential race which will favor some political factions.

At a press forum in Manila on Wednesday, a disappointed Trillanes said that the decision of the Comelec division on Poe’s eligibility as a candidate was not objective and was “blatantly partisan.”

“I am extremely disappointed with the second division of the Comelec for allowing themselves to be used as political instruments and to favor political interests. Akala ko nagbago na ang Comelec natin, sila lang ang tagabantay ng ating mga boto at ipapaubaya nila yung demokrasya na manaig (I thought our Comelec has changed, they are only the watchdogs of our votes and they should let democracy prevail),” Trillanes said.

He even assailed the character of the commissioners of the election body, saying that he thought that they are non-partisan.

“The assumption is ang pinipili natin [sa Comelec] ay non-partisan, at mga maayos na tao. (The assumption is the people we put in the Comelec are non-partisan, and competent people.) This is blatant partisan politics,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Comelec Second Division presiding commissioner Al Parreño, with commissioners Sheriff Abbas and Arthur Lim, ruled in favor of the petition of laywer Estrella Elamparo canceling the certificate of candidacy of Poe for 2016 polls over residency and citizenship issues.

Trillanes, who is seeking the vice presidency, refused to name the group who is supposedly behind the partial decision but said that they do not exemplify the traits of a good leader.

“I am not referring to anybody. Well, not yet. But whoever is behind the decision of the three commissioners, definitely he is not a good leader,” he said.

READ MORE...

Poe is backed by the Magdalo party-list, the group which propelled Trillanes to the national scene as its two-termer senator.

He expressed hope that the Comelec en banc would rule in favor of the presidential poll frontrunner.

“Pilipino si Senator Grace Poe. (Senator Grace Poe is a Filipino.) She looks Filipino, she talks like a Filipino, and she acts Filipino. I am confident that the rest of the commissioners will see the light and why the decision of the second division is wrong.”

“Malalampasan po ni Senator Grace Poe lahat ng legal obstacles na ito, makakaabot siya ng eleksyon at pipiliin siya ng taumbayan to be the next president of this country. Tuloy lang ang laban na ito. Hindi ito matatapos sa second division,” he said.

(Senator Grace Poe will hurdle all these legal obstacles, she will make it to the elections and will be chosen by the people as the next president of this country. This fight shall go on. It doesn’t end in the second division.) CDG

-------------------------------------------------------------

RELATED FROM MANILA BULLETIN

LP washes hands of Poe’s disqualification by Aaron B. Recuenco December 2, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share8


Grace Poe MB FILE

The Liberal Party (LP) denied that it has something to do with the decision of the Commission on Elections to disqualify Senator Grace Poe.

Cong. Barry Gutierrez, LP spokesman for campaign, said it is very clear from the start which political group raised the issue of citizenship of Poe ever since her name started to float as presidential candidate.

“Whose camp raised the issue of her disqualification on the basis of citizenship? As far as I know, it’s not us,” said Gutierrez.

“There are other candidates whose spokesman talked about it, not us definitely so why point it on us?” he added.

It was recalled that United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesman Toby Tiangco raised the issue of Poe’s qualification. Vice President Jejomar Binay is the standard bearer of UNA.


PHILSTAR

Mar lambasts ‘disappointed’ duo By Jun Elias and Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel Roxas II slammed Sen. Francis Escudero yesterday for linking him to the disqualification cases against presidential rival Sen. Grace Poe, saying the accusation was made out of disappointment over a potential campaign setback.

Escudero is the running mate of Poe in next year’s national elections. Their tandem has topped recent popularity surveys.

“The partner of my rival is blaming me. I have nothing to do with it (filing of disqualification case),” Roxas said, referring to Escudero.

“They were already disappointed. If they were hurt with the decision then they have to admit it,” Roxas said in a radio interview here, referring to the ruling of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division disqualifying Poe from the presidential race over questions regarding her residency.

Escudero said on Thursday a lawyer who filed a petition for Poe’s disqualification has had links to Roxas’ camp. He said Estrella Elamparo was connected with a law firm associated with former defense secretary Avelino Cruz, a campaign supporter of Roxas.

Elamparo had served as spokesperson and chief legal counsel of the Government Service Insurance System.

Roxas said he was wondering why he alone was being blamed for Poe’s troubles considering that fellow presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte have also expressed doubts on Poe’s citizenship and residency status.

Santiago said the other day she believed Poe was not a natural-born Filipino.

Roxas said Duterte had even declared he finally decided to run for president to prevent an American from assuming the country’s top post.

It was the Binay camp, through its spokesman Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco, which first raised the residency issue against Poe.

“In the first place, I’ve been very sincere in courting Senator Poe as my running mate. However, when she decided to join the presidential race, we respected it. Now, they are blaming me. What can I do if our countrymen don’t want an American citizen,” Roxas said.

LP spokesman Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice said they were wondering why Escudero did not point to Binay’s camp, which first questioned Poe’s citizenship.

He said there were rumors that Escudero would jump to Binay’s camp if Poe is disqualified.

In another interview later in the day in Dagupan City, Roxas said he understands Poe is hurting from her legal troubles, but that she or her supporters should stop putting the blame on other people.

“All of us experience disappointments in life, but it doesn’t mean that when we fail to get what we want, there is someone behind it,” Roxas said in a live interview over K17 The Kabaleyan Channel.

“Sometimes we don’t get what we want because we are wrong,” he said in Filipino.

READ MORE...

Unaware at first

He said he and his group were unaware of issues on Poe’s residency and citizenship when they invited her to be his running mate for the 2016 polls.

“I didn’t know she became an American,” he added.

Roxas said they sincerely talked with Poe but she apparently did not tell them about the issues.

He added Poe did not say her husband is also an American.

“So our understanding is she is Filipina when she ran under our ticket for senator because she did not tell us. What we knew was she was a ‘regular’ person but it turned out there are issues in her life which she did not tell us,” Roxas pointed out.

He lamented being linked by her camp to the disqualification cases against her.

“What have I to do with her swearing allegiance to America? She raised her right hand to take her oath of allegiance. I have nothing to do with it,” he said.

Poe, Roxas pointed out, should answer issues instead of engaging in a blame game.

LP senatorial candidate Francis Pangilinan, who was also in Dagupan yesterday, told a business forum that Roxas is in the best position to continue the achievements of the current administration.

“But more than that, in those years he (Roxas) served in the Cabinet, he gave his best in facing all the challenges the administration was beset with. He did not back out, he faced all the trials which perhaps is the reason why he is being criticized by some,” Pangilinan said.

Denial

Meanwhile, Elamparo denied yesterday the LP or any political party had goaded her into petitioning the court for Poe’s disqualification.

“Categorically I am denying any connection with any candidate or political party... For the record, I have no connection to them. It seems they are trying take the attention away from the legal arguments by focusing on my background and connection,” she said in a press briefing. – Sheila Crisostomo, Paolo Romero, Celso Amo


PHILSTAR

‘Retain Poe’s name in ballot’ By Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 6, 2015 - 12:00am 0 39 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said it would not be proper if the name of presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe would be removed from the list of candidates of the 2016 presidential elections pending resolution of her disqualification case before the Comelec.

Even if Poe loses in the Comelec, she could still appeal her case before the Supreme Court.

Brillantes said there is a possibility that the SC might decide in favor of Poe.

“If that would be the case, then how can you return Poe’s name in the ballots that were already printed,” Brillantes said.

He said Poe has an option to appeal for a mandatory injunction before the C to include her name in the ballot.

Should Poe lose at the high court, the votes for her will not be counted.

Brillantes cited what happened in the 2010 elections where presidential candidate Vetellano Acosta’s name was still included on the ballot even if he was declared nuisance, Brillantes said.

All of his votes were not counted by the poll body.

He also urged the poll body to quickly resolve all the disqualification cases filed against Poe and fellow presidential aspirant Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

READ MORE...

Both Poe and Duterte face disqualification cases before the Comelec after they filed their respective certificates of candidacy (COC) for president.

Poe faces four disqualification cases questioning her residency while Duterte faces possible disqualification for substituting for a candidate who had withdrawn and whose COC had an erroneous entry.

Brillantes said the Comelec should resolve the disqualification cases of Poe and Duterte ahead of the official printing of the ballots or before Jan. 15, and while the SC is not yet on recess.

He explained that each candidate facing disqualification would surely appeal before the high court should the Comelec favor the petitions filed against them.

“What I am praying for is to move fast to resolve these cases immediately, because there are still pending disqualification cases before the poll body. Whatever their decision may be, all petitions should be consolidated for the Supreme Court to decide,” he said.

“We have to consider the fact that holiday is approaching. The SC generally can have their vacation during holidays, so if the appeal is beyond Dec. 15 there is the possibility that the magistrates could not decide on it because they are in recess,” he said.

The Comelec’s Second Division on Tuesday granted the petition filed by former Government Service Insurance System lawyer Estrella Elamparo against Poe over an alleged material misrepresentation on her COC.

Elamparo urged the Comelec Friday not to print Poe’s name on the ballots as an effect of the poll body’s Second Division ruling that affirmed the disqualification case against the senator.

She said the poll body should delay the printing of the ballots for the 2016 polls until after the high court decides with finality on the merits of the disqualification cases against Poe.

Broadcaster Ruben Castor filed a disqualification case against Duterte before the Comelec, asking the poll body to declare null and void the COC of Martin Diño, who was initially PDP-Laban’s presidential candidate.

Diño later on withdrew his candidacy.

Brillantes said the Comelec should allow Duterte to run for the 2016 polls.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2015 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE