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ANTI-VP BINAY PROBE TERMINATES BUT NOT THE WARRANTS, SAYS KOKO


JANUARY 26 -BINAY, PIMENTEL PHILSTAR PHOTO FILE -Even if the Senate ends today its inquiry into the numerous charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay, the arrest warrants issued against those who have repeatedly snubbed the one-year long inquiry will still stand, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said. “It’s just a termination of the public hearings. In my opinion, since arrest warrants were issued as a disciplinary measure or as a measure to uphold the dignity of the Senate, they have to be enforced. The arrest they have to be enforced. The arrest warrants must be enforced,” Pimentel, chairman of the blue ribbon subcommittee handling the probe against Binay in the upper chamber, said yesterday. Before wrapping up the proceedings that lasted for more than a year and more than 20 public hearings, Pimentel said he will ask for a status report from the process servers on warrants of arrests the panel had sought to be issued to some concerned inviduals. At least 14 have been ordered arrested for contempt of the Senate and it included alleged Binay bagmen, Gerardo “Gerry” Limlingan and Eduviges “Ebeng” Baloloy. “Now the problem is, if we have now adjourned the hearings and the arrest warrants are indeed enfoced, let’s say one or two get arrested, logic tells me that I have to call a special session of the hearing so that we can act on the status of the arrested person,” the senator said. The termination of the proceedings does not mean that the arrest orders would also cease to exist, Pimentel said. “In my opinion, it should be in effect even after the closure or termination of the hearings. Otherwise no one will learn his lesson,” he said. Pimentel said the last public hearing will also be the last time that alleged evidence of those accusing Binay of supposedly plundering the funds of Makati City government while he was still the mayor will be entertained by the committee. “The submission of evidence on all the other infrastructure projects in Makati is yet to be made. I will tell the resource persons that this will be their last chance in a public hearing to submit their evidence,” he said. READ MORE...

SC hearing gives Poe hope
[‘IMPOSSIBLE’ REQUIREMENT FOR FOUNDLINGS CITED]


JANUARY 27 -Presidential candidate and Senator Grace Poe INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES
IF THE COURT upholds the “impossible” requirement for a foundling to prove his unknown parentage, generations of Filipino foundlings will suffer the unintended consequences.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno had this to say in her 20-minute interpellation of Alexander Poblador, counsel of presidential candidate Grace Poe, a foundling now facing challenges to the status of her citizenship and qualification for public office as the senator fights to remain in the running for the nation’s top post. Sereno Tuesday underscored the magnitude of any decision the high court would make on Poe’s challenge to her disqualification, saying generations of foundlings would be affected by how the court would rule on the case. Sereno zeroed in on who should carry the burden of proof that Poe is not a natural-born Filipino and hence not qualified to seek public office—the reason the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had voted to disqualify her from the May presidential election. For Sereno, compelling a foundling to prove his or her unknown parentage was an “impossible condition,” and that upholding such a requirement would betray the presumption in Philippine adoption laws that a foundling is a Filipino. “We have to be careful that we’re not held by a rigid reading of what we consider as a failure to enumerate foundlings. We are going to create unintended consequences, the difficulties of which are not only going to be visited on your client but on so many foundlings in this country,” said Sereno, the last justice to ask Poblador questions in three-hour oral arguments Tuesday. Profound implication “The implication is very profound, not only for your client. I would put a blinder on who your client is and just focus on the implication on foundling rights, who are being required by the position of petitioners to prove an impossible condition,” Sereno said. She sought to establish how the country’s laws on domestic and international adoption carried the presumption that foundlings in the Philippines were in fact Filipinos, hence Philippine courts had jurisdiction over them. By mere title, she noted that Republic Act No. 8552 is called “An act establishing rules and policies on the domestic adoption of Filipino Children, and for other purposes.” “Meaning foundlings are covered by rules on the adoption of Filipino children,” Sereno said. Republic Act No. 8043 is titled “An act establishing the rules to govern intercountry adoption of Filipino children and for other purposes,” and also spells out rules on the intercountry adoption of foundlings in the Philippines. “The legislature itself accords foundlings the presumption of citizenship,” Poblador said. Under the country’s adoption laws and the civil code, Poblador said, “no court can assume jurisdiction of the foundling if foundling is not presumed Filipino.” READ MORE...

ALSO: PH adoption laws recognize foundlings as Filipino citizens - Chief Justice


JANUARY 26 -Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO
The Philippine adoption laws recognize foundlings or children with no known parents as Filipino citizens, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said on Tuesday.
Republic Act 8552 or the Act Establishing Rules and Policies on Domestic Adoption of Filipino and for other purposes, particularly Section 5, states, “it shall be the duty of the Department or child-caring agency, which has custody of the child to locate the biological parents. If efforts fail, the child shall be considered a foundling.” “Meaning foundlings are covered by rules on adoption of Filipino children, what do you see from that?” Sereno asked Atty. Alexander Poblador, counsel for Senator Grace Poe. Poblador said, under the said law, foundlings are considered Filipinos otherwise the courts cannot decree their adoption. Then, Sereno cited Republic Act 8043 or the Act establishing rules to govern inter-country adoption of Filipino children and for other purposes, which she related to Article 15 of the Civil Code that states “laws relating to family rights and duties, or to the status, condition and legal capacity of persons are binding upon citizens of the Philippines, even though living abroad.” “It means foundlings fall within the coverage of the inter-country adoption act of Filipino children,” Sereno said. She asked Poblador of the possible implications if the law and the rules will be disregarded. “No one will adopt foundlings on the possibility that the adoption decree will be challenged due to lack of jurisdiction,” Poblador said. “There will be legal problems. If you are one looking to adopt a child with a known parent or a foundling, who would you prefer to adopt,” Sereno asked, to which Poblador responded that he would prefer a child with known parents. “Foundlings will remain in orphanages,” Poblador said. “If we rule against foundling rights, will there be a disincentive with respect to parents or persons who found foundlings to still register them as foundlings,” Sereno asked. Poblador said to prevent foundlings from being discriminated, there would be more simulation of births, falsification of documents proving parentage. Sereno said “the policy is to resolve in the best interest of children because their concern is paramount to the State.” Poe, a founding was reportedly abandoned and rescued outside a church in Jaro, Iloilo. She was eventually adopted by celebrity couple Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces. READ MORE...

ALSO: Who sent 'fabricated' DNA results of Bongbong Marcos?
[DNA Solutions Philippines, the company cited in the letter claiming the DNA results of Senators Grace Poe and Bongbong Marcos matched, says the document is 'fabricated']


JANUARY 27 -DNA Solutions Philippines, the company cited in the letter claiming the DNA results of Senators Grace Poe and Bongbong Marcos matched, says the document is 'fabricated' 
FAKE LETTER. A letter was sent to Senate reporters on Monday, January 25, claiming that the DNA tests of Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos matched. FAKE LETTER. A letter was sent to Senate reporters on Monday, January 25, claiming that the DNA tests of Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos matched. The urban legend just won’t die. A letter alleging that the DNA tests of Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos matched was circulated among Senate reporters on Monday, January 25. “This is Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ DNA result. Compare this with that of Sen. Grace Poe and you will see that they are related,” an attached note to the letter said. But who sent it and what for? The letter came at a time when Poe is facing the risk of being disqualified from the May 2016 presidential race over citizenship and residency issues. The Supreme Court is currently hearing the disqualification case against her. Marcos, for his part, has seen his numbers continuously rise in vice presidential preference surveys. READ MORE...

ALSO: PH needs a woman president—Grace Poe


JANUARY 28 -SCREENGRAB
Senator Grace Poe on Thursday faced head-on the issue of her allegedly being inexperienced by saying that she has gained a wealth of experience as a woman and a former overseas Filipino worker which will help bring a fresh take on issues to the presidency. Speaking to Inquirer reporters and editors at the Meet the Inquirer forum, Poe said that the country needs a woman president–short of directly endorsing herself.
“When they say that I am inexperienced, please, do not discount my experience as a mother, as a private citizen, as an employee of a private company. If they doubt my ability as a woman, I don’t think we don’t have to look far… I think that you will have no doubt about the courage, the conviction, the discipline and compassion of women—which is precisely what our country needs,” the presidential hopeful said. Poe is one of the two women vying for the highest office in the land with Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago as one of her rivals. Should any one of them win, she will become the Philippines’ third woman president. READ MORE...

ALSO: LIVESTREAM - Grace Poe meets Inquirer Multimedia


JANUARY 28 -POE, INQUIRER FILE
Senator Grace Poe faced the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum on Thursday to answer all issues surrounding her presidential bid. Senator Grace Poe is the second presidential aspirant to attend the Inquirer Multimedia forum. During the event, which starts on Thursday at 12 n.n., Poe will answer questions from Inquirer editors, columnists and reporters. The event will showcase all INQUIRER platforms — print, Web, radio, social and mobile — and will allow netizens to participate by posting questions on social media (#MeetInquirer). KS WATCH STREAMING VIDEO...


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Anti-VP probe terminates but not warrants, says Koko


BINAY, PIMENTEL

MANILA, FEBRUARY 1, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Angie M. Rosales Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00 - Even if the Senate ends today its inquiry into the numerous charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay, the arrest warrants issued against those who have repeatedly snubbed the one-year long inquiry will still stand, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said.

“It’s just a termination of the public hearings. In my opinion, since arrest warrants were issued as a disciplinary measure or as a measure to uphold the dignity of the Senate, they have to be enforced. The arrest they have to be enforced. The arrest warrants must be enforced,” Pimentel, chairman of the blue ribbon subcommittee handling the probe against Binay in the upper chamber, said yesterday.

Before wrapping up the proceedings that lasted for more than a year and more than 20 public hearings, Pimentel said he will ask for a status report from the process servers on warrants of arrests the panel had sought to be issued to some concerned inviduals.

At least 14 have been ordered arrested for contempt of the Senate and it included alleged Binay bagmen, Gerardo “Gerry” Limlingan and Eduviges “Ebeng” Baloloy.

“Now the problem is, if we have now adjourned the hearings and the arrest warrants are indeed enfoced, let’s say one or two get arrested, logic tells me that I have to call a special session of the hearing so that we can act on the status of the arrested person,” the senator said.

The termination of the proceedings does not mean that the arrest orders would also cease to exist, Pimentel said.

“In my opinion, it should be in effect even after the closure or termination of the hearings. Otherwise no one will learn his lesson,” he said.

Pimentel said the last public hearing will also be the last time that alleged evidence of those accusing Binay of supposedly plundering the funds of Makati City government while he was still the mayor will be entertained by the committee.

“The submission of evidence on all the other infrastructure projects in Makati is yet to be made. I will tell the resource persons that this will be their last chance in a public hearing to submit their evidence,” he said.

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The probe stemmed from the two resolutions filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes on the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City Hall II parking building that branched out into other supposed anomalies involving Binay such as the purported irregular transactions entered into by the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) under the leadership of Binay.

“Even if we close the hearing, if there will be those who will be served with their arrest warrants, we will have to reopen the hearing (to hear their testimony),” Pimentel said.

Cayetano had said he will excuse himself from attending today’s hearing giving the excuse that he is seeking the vice presidency in the May elections and that he had called on his Senate colleagues who are also candidates for a higher office to inhibit themselves from attending the re-opening of the Mamasapano incident set tomorrow to shield the proceedings from any perceived biases of lawmakers.

“I made an announcement that I’d like to avoid hearings where we can be accused of being partisan because we’re also candidates. I’d like to challenge the others, since there are 24 of us (senators) anyway, maybe the others can attend by this time,” he said.

Trillanes had a change of heart as he initially planned to attend the hearing only to provide quorum and not to actively participate.


INQUIRER

SC hearing gives Poe hope  SHARES: 5444 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jerome C. Aning, Tarra Quismundo @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:02 AM January 27th, 2016


Presidential candidate and Senator Grace Poe INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

‘IMPOSSIBLE’ REQUIREMENT FOR FOUNDLINGS CITED

IF THE COURT upholds the “impossible” requirement for a foundling to prove his unknown parentage, generations of Filipino foundlings will suffer the unintended consequences.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno had this to say in her 20-minute interpellation of Alexander Poblador, counsel of presidential candidate Grace Poe, a foundling now facing challenges to the status of her citizenship and qualification for public office as the senator fights to remain in the running for the nation’s top post.

Sereno Tuesday underscored the magnitude of any decision the high court would make on Poe’s challenge to her disqualification, saying generations of foundlings would be affected by how the court would rule on the case.

Sereno zeroed in on who should carry the burden of proof that Poe is not a natural-born Filipino and hence not qualified to seek public office—the reason the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had voted to disqualify her from the May presidential election.

For Sereno, compelling a foundling to prove his or her unknown parentage was an “impossible condition,” and that upholding such a requirement would betray the presumption in Philippine adoption laws that a foundling is a Filipino.


SERENO

“We have to be careful that we’re not held by a rigid reading of what we consider as a failure to enumerate foundlings. We are going to create unintended consequences, the difficulties of which are not only going to be visited on your client but on so many foundlings in this country,” said Sereno, the last justice to ask Poblador questions in three-hour oral arguments Tuesday.

Profound implication

“The implication is very profound, not only for your client. I would put a blinder on who your client is and just focus on the implication on foundling rights, who are being required by the position of petitioners to prove an impossible condition,” Sereno said.

She sought to establish how the country’s laws on domestic and international adoption carried the presumption that foundlings in the Philippines were in fact Filipinos, hence Philippine courts had jurisdiction over them.

By mere title, she noted that Republic Act No. 8552 is called “An act establishing rules and policies on the domestic adoption of Filipino Children, and for other purposes.”

“Meaning foundlings are covered by rules on the adoption of Filipino children,” Sereno said.

Republic Act No. 8043 is titled “An act establishing the rules to govern intercountry adoption of Filipino children and for other purposes,” and also spells out rules on the intercountry adoption of foundlings in the Philippines.

“The legislature itself accords foundlings the presumption of citizenship,” Poblador said.

Under the country’s adoption laws and the civil code, Poblador said, “no court can assume jurisdiction of the foundling if foundling is not presumed Filipino.”

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Sereno said that while the law may at times be “silent, obscure or ambiguous,” courts were tasked to issue rulings based on legislative interpretation so that justice would be upheld.

“The law intends for justice and right to prevail. So the point of us making sure that justice prevails is not a vox populi requirement. I disagree with that. It is a duty which justices are required to observe because it is even statutorily required of us in keeping with our mandate under the civil code and inherent functions we are exercising as a court,” Sereno said.

“I’m very interested because there are parents now who want to adopt. What this court is going to say will speak to them… Whether we find it strictly by saying that the language is silent—so the right of foundlings is completely silent—or will resort to interpretation, not only statutory construction, but judicial interpretation, and administrative practices in order that a just and right ruling will result,” Sereno said.

After three hours, the court adjourned until the next hearing, set on Tuesday.

Enough evidence


LEONEN

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, picking off where he left during the first hearing on Tuesday last week questioning Poblador, reiterated that those seeking the senator’s disqualification never presented any evidence that she was a foreigner, and thus she was presumed a natural-born Filipino eligible to seek the presidency.

Leonen questioned whether evidence was presented in the Comelec enough to prove that Poe was a natural-born Filipino citizen, considering that the proceedings at the poll body were summary in nature, meaning there were no hearings.

Poblador admitted that Poe’s foundling certificate and decree of adoption were not enough to prove that one of the senator’s parents were Filipinos.

The lawyer, however, reiterated Poe’s position that she is natural-born based on presumptions under both domestic and international laws, to which Leonen replied, “Maybe to some of us it is too iffy, too ambiguous, too tenuous a link.”

The justice also asked Poblador to discuss in the memorandum to be submitted to the court on whether a foundling can be given a natural-born Filipino citizenship just because the foundling was found on Philippine territory.

On the residency issue, Poblador said the senator lived in the Philippines since birth, except for some 14 years when she was in the United States.

He also agreed with Leonen that the constitutional provision requiring a 10-year residency “immediately preceding the election” for presidential candidates did not say that the 10 years must be continuous.

Question of loyalty

The justice said that if the purpose of the 10-year residency rule was for the candidate to be familiar with the conditions in the country, then there may not be a reason for Poe not to be so since she lived most of her life in the Philippines and that because of technology such as the Internet, she could have been familiar with what is happening in the country.

Leonen also challenged the premise that the reason for imposing a natural-born citizenship requirement on candidates for President was to assure their loyalty to the country, asking if there ever was a scientific finding proving that non-natural-borns are not or less loyal.

He pointed out that a child born in Hawaii of parents who are Philippine citizens could theoretically run for president of the United States, although it would be up to American voters to decide to vote for the child when he runs for the office in the future.


SET MEMBERS. Part of the 9-man Senate Electoral Tribunal are Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, and Associate Justice Arturo Brion. Photos from the Supreme Court website SET MEMBERS. Part of the 9-man Senate Electoral Tribunal are Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, and Associate Justice Arturo Brion. Photos from the Supreme Court website

Justices Antonio Carpio and Teresita Leonardo-De Castro focused on Poblador’s citation of international law in declaring that foundlings like Poe had the right to be citizens of the country where they are found.

Carpio pointed out that the 1930 Hague Convention cited by Poblador could not have been construed as international law applicable in the Philippines at the time the 1935 Constitution was enacted, saying that the convention only took effect in 1937 when the required 10 states ratified it.

Incremental acts

Carpio asked if Poblador could submit the income tax returns submitted by Poe in 2005 and 2006 while De Castro asked the lawyer to submit to the court the basis used by the Bureau of Immigration in declaring Poe as a natural-born citizen.

Justice Presbitero Velasco asked Poblador on the lawyer’s assertion that Poe’s decision to reestablish her residency in the Philippines was a “series of incremental acts.”

“Relocation is difficult. There are steps which must taken in totality,” adding that the elements of reacquisition of domicile—physical presence, intent to stay and no intention to return to previous residence were all present in Poe’s case.

Justice Mariano del Castillo, on the other hand, asked Poblador about his position that it should be up to the people to decide Poe’s qualifications in the election.

“You say vox populi vox dei [but] isn’t the Constitution also the voice of the people?” he asked, to which Poblador said the Constitution provided elections in which the people could continue to make their decisions.


INQUIRER

Chief Justice: PH adoption laws recognize foundlings as Filipino citizens By: Tetch Torres-Tupas @T2TupasINQ INQUIRER.net 08:04 PM January 26th, 2016


Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Philippine adoption laws recognize foundlings or children with no known parents as Filipino citizens, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said on Tuesday.

Republic Act 8552 or the Act Establishing Rules and Policies on Domestic Adoption of Filipino and for other purposes, particularly Section 5, states, “it shall be the duty of the Department or child-caring agency, which has custody of the child to locate the biological parents. If efforts fail, the child shall be considered a foundling.”

“Meaning foundlings are covered by rules on adoption of Filipino children, what do you see from that?” Sereno asked Atty. Alexander Poblador, counsel for Senator Grace Poe.

Poblador said, under the said law, foundlings are considered Filipinos otherwise the courts cannot decree their adoption.

Then, Sereno cited Republic Act 8043 or the Act establishing rules to govern inter-country adoption of Filipino children and for other purposes, which she related to Article 15 of the Civil Code that states “laws relating to family rights and duties, or to the status, condition and legal capacity of persons are binding upon citizens of the Philippines, even though living abroad.”

“It means foundlings fall within the coverage of the inter-country adoption act of Filipino children,” Sereno said.

She asked Poblador of the possible implications if the law and the rules will be disregarded.

“No one will adopt foundlings on the possibility that the adoption decree will be challenged due to lack of jurisdiction,” Poblador said.

“There will be legal problems. If you are one looking to adopt a child with a known parent or a foundling, who would you prefer to adopt,” Sereno asked, to which Poblador responded that he would prefer a child with known parents.

“Foundlings will remain in orphanages,” Poblador said.

“If we rule against foundling rights, will there be a disincentive with respect to parents or persons who found foundlings to still register them as foundlings,” Sereno asked.

Poblador said to prevent foundlings from being discriminated, there would be more simulation of births, falsification of documents proving parentage.

Sereno said “the policy is to resolve in the best interest of children because their concern is paramount to the State.”

Poe, a founding was reportedly abandoned and rescued outside a church in Jaro, Iloilo. She was eventually adopted by celebrity couple Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.

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Poe, who is running for President, is being questioned about her citizenship.

Those pushing for her disqualification said she cannot be considered a natural-born Filipino citizen because her parentage is not known.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has cancelled her certificate of candidacy but she took the case to the Supreme Court.

On who should prove whether Poe is natural-born or not, Sereno made mention of the “impossible condition.”

“So, assuming there is a burden to prove qualification and the burden equates to who your parents are, if the candidate herself does not even know who her parents are or cannot prove it, what is the implication on the rule on impossible condition,” Sereno said.

Poblador replied that “the burden is reversed and should now shift to the petitioners [pushing for Poe’s disqualification.” TVJ


RAPPLER.COM

Who sent 'fabricated' DNA results of Bongbong Marcos? Camille Elemia @CamilleElemia Published 9:54 PM, January 25, 2016 Updated 1:52 PM, January 27, 2016 23 442 Twitter Reddit Email 442

DNA Solutions Philippines, the company cited in the letter claiming the DNA results of Senators Grace Poe and Bongbong Marcos matched, says the document is 'fabricated'

FAKE LETTER.

A letter was sent to Senate reporters on Monday, January 25, claiming that the DNA tests of Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos matched.

The urban legend just won’t die.

 A letter alleging that the DNA tests of Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos matched was circulated among Senate reporters on Monday, January 25.

“This is Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ DNA result. Compare this with that of Sen. Grace Poe and you will see that they are related,” an attached note to the letter said.

But who sent it and what for?

The letter came at a time when Poe is facing the risk of being disqualified from the May 2016 presidential race over citizenship and residency issues. The Supreme Court is currently hearing the disqualification case against her.

Marcos, for his part, has seen his numbers continuously rise in vice presidential preference surveys.

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LETTER. A copy of the letter, which was sent to Senate reporters, containing the alleged matching DNA results of Senators Grace Poe and Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Jun Desca

Almost every Senate reporter received a copy of the results of the DNA test supposedly conducted by DNA Solutions Philippines located at 64 Scout Gandia Street, Quezon City.

The letter, however, was mailed to reporters by First Technik Philippines Inc, with office address at 2310 Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila.

A simple online search showed that the office of DNA Solutions Philippines is indeed in the specified address. A similar search, however, yielded negative results for First Technik Philippines Inc.

A certain Forensic Scientist 1 Julie Ludovico signed the DNA test report dated November 12, 2015 with Case Reference Number TO23445.

“DNA isolation was carried. Genetic characteristics were determined by PowerPlex 21 PCR kit. In parallel, positive and negative controls were performed which gave the expected and correct results,” Ludovico said in the report.

Fake and 'fabricated'

Rappler verified the authenticity of the document. Jaime Lazatin, CEO of DNA Solutions Philippines, denied the test results came from them.

"This is the same fabricated document circulating in the media. The company logo is different, the content is not in anyway the same how we issue our results and the person who signed it is not connected with us," Lazation told Rappler in a text message.

Poe, for her part, distanced herself from the issue while Marcos denied undergoing a DNA test.

“I laughed when I heard about it. I’ve never had a DNA test,” Marcos said in a media report.

Poe has undergone at least 3 DNA tests but with no successful match. She recently underwent a DNA test with her possible birthparents from Guimaras.

(READ: Poe camp: Grace didn't order exhumation of 'parents' in Guimaras)

“Bago pa man ako magkomento kung dapat ikonsidera ang paghahambing, alamin din nila mismo kay Senator Marcos ang authenticity ng pribadong bagay na ito,” Poe said in a statement.

(Before I even comment if the comparisons should be considered, Senator Marcos should first attest to the authenticity of this private document.)

It has long been rumored that Poe is a love child of former president Ferdinand Marcos and Rosemarie Sonora, the younger sister of Poe's mother, Susan Roces. The rumor is something that Poe and Marcos Jr, along with their families, have been denying all along.

The presidential bet grew up as a foundling, after being abandoned at Jaro Cathedral in 1968 and adopted by movie stars Fernando Poe Jr and Susan Roces. – Rappler.com

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INQUIRER

PH needs a woman president—Grace Poe SHARES: 2206 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aries Joseph Hegina @AHeginaINQ INQUIRER.net 04:22 PM January 28th, 2016


SCREENGRAB

Senator Grace Poe on Thursday faced head-on the issue of her allegedly being inexperienced by saying that she has gained a wealth of experience as a woman and a former overseas Filipino worker which will help bring a fresh take on issues to the presidency.

Speaking to Inquirer reporters and editors at the Meet the Inquirer forum, Poe said that the country needs a woman president–short of directly endorsing herself.

“When they say that I am inexperienced, please, do not discount my experience as a mother, as a private citizen, as an employee of a private company. If they doubt my ability as a woman, I don’t think we don’t have to look far… I think that you will have no doubt about the courage, the conviction, the discipline and compassion of women—which is precisely what our country needs,” the presidential hopeful said.

Poe is one of the two women vying for the highest office in the land with Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago as one of her rivals.

Should any one of them win, she will become the Philippines’ third woman president.

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Meanwhile, she also addressed the issue of not being loyal to the country after she supposedly renounced her citizenship when she studied and worked in the US.

Poe said that she did not regret living for 10 years in the US as it gave her lessons which she would not learn if she had stayed here in the Philippines.

“If I didn’t live there, I would not experience non-entitlement… We always say ‘think outside the box’ but most them in the government have always been inside the box. Our problems are not new. So I bring in to the table a fresh perspective, a Filipino with a different facet of experience which I think we need at this point,” the senator said.

“Right or wrong, I stand by it,” she added.

One of the grounds of the petitions asking the Supreme Court to bar her from participating in the May elections is her supposed failure to satisfy the 10-year residency requirement for those running for president.


INQUIRER

LIVESTREAM: Grace Poe meets Inquirer Multimedia @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net
12:13 PM January 28th, 2016


Senator Grace Poe. SCREENGRAB from INQUIRER.net livestream

Senator Grace Poe faced the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum on Thursday to answer all issues surrounding her presidential bid.

Senator Grace Poe is the second presidential aspirant to attend the Inquirer Multimedia forum.

During the event, which starts on Thursday at 12 n.n., Poe will answer questions from Inquirer editors, columnists and reporters.

The event will showcase all INQUIRER platforms — print, Web, radio, social and mobile — and will allow netizens to participate by posting questions on social media (#MeetInquirer). KS

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