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Poe optimistic SC will decide early her DQ cases

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MANILA ― The camp of Senator Grace Poe has expressed optimism that the Supreme Court (SC) will act swiftly and impartially on the two sets of disqualification cases filed against the lady presidential candidate.


Atty. George Garcia, Poe’s lawyer, made the statement following the SC’s decision to grant the temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the disqualification cases against Poe.


Garcia said the SC, in fact, can rule as early as January on the case of Poe, the presidential race frontrunner based on surveys, who is facing legal hurdles from allies of other presidential contenders.


”Perhaps after the oral arguments on Jan. 19, the SC can immediately make the decision. That’s possible,” Garcia said in a press statement.


The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Poe’s disqualification cases, as well as the petition to reverse the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal, on Jan. 19.


”I believe that because this is a case of transcendental importance, it will be given priority by the SC,” Garcia said.


Despite the SC's being on holiday recess, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno granted Poe's request for relief on Dec. 28, just a few hours after Garcia filed the petition.


The two TROs issued by Sereno, which are effective until further notice from the Court, prevent the Commission on Elections from implementing its decision to cancel Poe's certificate of candidacy for president.


The Supreme Court is expected to uphold the TROs when the Justices convene on Jan. 12.


Poe’s camp has also moved for the inhibition of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo de Castro and Arturo Brion when the SC conducts the oral arguments. The three magistrates unanimously voted to disqualify her as a senator on the basis of her being a foundling.


Garcia also filed a petition to consolidate the rulings of two Comelec decisions, saying all four petitioners are similarly questioning Poe's natural-born status and residency.


Poe said she trusts the discernment of the justices of the Supreme Court, as the final arbiter on all matters concerning law. She also assured the public that she will respect and abide by the High Court's decision, whatever it may be.


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