|SENATOR GRACE POE after filing her certificate of candidacy for president.|
MANILA — The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) is set to render its decision in the disqualification case filed by Rizalito David against Senator Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares on Nov. 17.
During the meeting of the SET in a hotel in Manila, the tribunal set the date to make the voting on the case.
According to SET Chairman and Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, the voting has been set on Nov. 17, 2015, some weeks before the release of the final list of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) official candidates for the May 9, 2016 elections.
However, no venue was mentioned where the voting will be cast, but on the day itself of Nov. 17, the copy of the decision may also be released officially.
In his complaint, David questioned the citizenship of Poe, specifically whether or not she is a natural-born citizen, which is one of the qualifications for the candidates for senator, congressman, vice president and president.
Meanwhile, the neophyte senator, who continues to lead the presidential race based on surveys, stressed she has not withdrawn and is not withdrawing from the presidential race despite the disqualification cases filed against her.
This as DNA tests results on her and supposed relatives were negative.
Poe said she is ready to give up her Senate seat and and spend more time with her family if she loses in the disqualification case.
“Babalik ako sa pribadong buhay,” Poe said at the Bataaan Peninsula State University.
Poe, however, was quick to add that she will not easily give up the fight if only for those who believe in her.
“Ang nakakalungkot, hindi ko pwede isuko basta-basta lamang ang 20 million na nagtiwala sa akin,” she added.
Poe attended a forum at the Bataan Peninsula State University along with her running mate, Senator Francis Escudero, and 2 of their senatorial candidates, Rep. Samuel Pagdilao and OFW advocate Susan “Toots” Ople.
Poe remains confident that her legal arguments based on international and local laws, and not her DNA, will prove that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen.