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JUST IN: Supreme Court decided to allow Grace Poe's Presidential Bid!

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In a historic mark, the Supreme Court decided to salvage Grace Poe from being disqualified from the 2016 Presidential race. The SC en band released its decision today, March 8th, and voted 9-6 in favor of Poe. This is actually a reversal of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) prior verdict to cancel Poe's certificate of candidacy.

Among the 9 who voted are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Benjamin Caguioa.

Four among the nine are appointees of President Benigno Aquino III: Sereno, Caguioa, Jardeleza and Leonen

The other six justices who cast their votes to disqualify Poe are Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Mariano del Castillo, Arturo Brion, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Bienvenido Reyes.

Of those six, two were appointed by President Aquino: Bernabe and Reyes. There were part of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) who earlier voted in favor of Poe: Carpio, Brion and De Castro. The three disagreed with the SET decision, pointing out that Poe is not a natural-born citizen, which is one of the qualifications for someone to be allowed to run as president.

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Source: Rappler


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