The three-member division, on Tuesday, has disqualified Poe from running for president in 2016 national elections for not meeting the Constitutional residency requirement.
“We are led to no other result than GRANT the petition and find that respondent Mary Grace Natividad Sonora Poe Llamanzares committed material misrepresentation when she declared in her Certificate of Candidacy for President of the Republic of the Philippines in the upcoming National and Local Elections on May, 9, 2016,” the division stated in a 34-page resolution promulgated on Tuesday to officially grant lawyer Estrella Elamparo’s petition for the cancellation of Poe’s certificate of candidacy for presidency.
Gatchalian, however, claimed that Poe will still continue to run for presidency as Comelec en banc, where the concurrence of a majority of the Members of the Commission is necessary for reaching a verdict, can still rule over the division.
“Iginigiit po namin na natural-born Filipino si Senator Grace Poe at na-meet niya lahat ng residential requirements [for presidency] (We insist that Senator Grace Poe is a natural-born Filipino and that she met all the residential requirements for presidency),” said Gatchalian.
The division claimed that Poe attempted to misinform the voters for declaring a residency of “10 years, 11 months” in her present COC, when her COC for Senator in 2013 reflects that she will only be resident of the country for nine years and six months on 9th of May 2016.
At least 10 years of Philippine residency is among the requirements, provided by Article VII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution, for those aspiring to run for president and vice president. A senator would-be, on the other hand, is required to be a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years before the day of the election.