The Supreme Court upheld its initial decision allowing Grace Poe- Llamanzares to run for President in the upcoming 2016 National Election. In a 3-paged resolution dated April 5 but released on April 9, the SC junked the Motion for Reconsideration (MR) that seeks to reverse the Court’s initial decision regarding Poe’s citizenship and eligibility to run for President. The resolution read: "The Court resolved, by the same vote of 9-6, to deny with finality the...motions for reconsideration as the basic issues raised therein have been passed upon by this Court and no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision."
The MR which was denied with finality was filed by the COMELEC and by private respondents Atty. Estrella Elamparo, Antonio Contreras, Atty. Amado Valdez and former Senator Francisco Tatad.
According to the Supreme Court, the argument laid down in the MR was already previously ruled upon in its March 8 decision when it declared COMELEC to have exercised grave abuse of decision for cancelling the Certificate of Candidacy of Poe.
Poe’s camp was delighted with the minute resolution of the SC.
"This development will pave the way for our electorate to be able to choose the next President from a complete list of candidates. This ruling also enshrines the principle that indeed our laws were crafted to protect all especially those who are marginalized. Sen. Poe will continue to advocate for inclusive growth", said Rex Gatchalian, Poe’s spokesman
He added: "In Gobyernong may Puso (Government with a Heart), nobody will be left behind. She will champion solutions that will once and for all defeat poverty and unemployment, the root causes of our other social ills such as drugs and criminality. It's time to move our people out of poverty and Sen. Poe will be in the forefront of this battle."
In an earlier ruling released on March 11, the SC decided that Poe is a natural-born Filipino and has met the 10-year residency requirement for presidential candidates.