Philippine polls: Full Comelec disqualifies Poe

(The Philippine Star)

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in full session has voted to uphold the rulings of its First and Second Divisions disqualifying Sen. Grace Poe from running in the 2016 presidential elections.

Grace Poe

Grace Poe

Reliable sources said the voting was 5-2 to deny the motion for reconsideration that Poe filed on the ruling of the First Division.

The voting on the Second Division ruling was 5-1-1 for disqualification, with one commissioner dissenting and another inhibiting.

The official results of the voting are due to be released Wednesday.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said Tuesday the poll body had finished voting on Poe’s motions for reconsideration. The vote still has to be promulgated.

“Not all the commissioners voted the same,” Guanzon said.

She said the ruling of the First Division, which she penned, was exhaustive both on “procedural and substantive ground.”

“There has to be new evidence, or new argument or new jurisprudence for me to change or reverse my vote,” she added.

“That’s the way it goes with the other commissioners… There is no stopping any commissioner from analyzing it… after thinking about it for many times over…the commissioners decide to change their votes. That also happens,” she said.

Poe, on the other hand, said she will appeal the Comelec decision before the Supreme Court (SC). Read More



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