Good news for Senator Grace Poe’s camp-and believers: the Supreme Court allowed Poe to run for presidency in the coming 2016 elections.
In an en banc ruling earlier today, SC judges voted 9-6 to overturn the decision of COMELEC to nullify Poe’s certificate of candidacy.
Among those who decided in Poe’s favour are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as well as Marvic Leonen, Presbiterio Velasco Jr., Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Francis Jardeleza, and Benjamin Caguioa.
Four out of the 9 judges are Aquino appointees: Sereno, Jardeleza, Leonen, and Caguioa.
Meanwhile, 6 justices voted against Poe: Arturo Brion, Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo-de castro, Bienvenido Reyes, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe. Bernabe and Reyes are Aquino appointees. Carpio, Brion, and de Castro previous dissented in the SET verdict that voted for Poe, stating that she is not a natural-born citizen.
In a statement released after the decision, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said: “I am authorized to say that there will be four concurring opinions to the Majority Decision, and five dissenting opinions. Please note that since the Court has only authorized the release of the vote, it may not be safe to report which ground the Court ruled upon and used as basis for the vote, i.e., between citizenship and residence. Thus, it may be best to simply say, the SC grants Senator Poe’s petitions, 9-6, allowing her to run for the presidency.”