COMELEC grants Grace Poe a 10-day extension

The Senator is facing three disqualification cases before the COMELEC.


( Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe's camp was granted on November 2 a 10-day extension of the deadline in the filing of her counter affidavit for the three disqualification cases against her before the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). “Due to numerous cases of equal importance that need immediate attention and pleading preparations, we decided (with the conformity of our client) to request the COMELEC law department for an extension of time to file our counter affidavit,” said George Garcia, Poe's lawyer.


“We were informed by the hearing officer that a 10-day extension period will be granted from Nov. 3 to Nov. 13,” Garcia said. The Senator is facing three disqualification cases before the COMELEC, two questioning her Filipino citizenship and the third claiming she did not meet the 10-year residency rule—both are requirements to run for presidency. Garcia said in a statement that their request for extension was “never intended to delay the proceedings but solely for the purpose for which the same was made.” The COMELEC aims to resolve all three cases by December.


There is also a separate pending case against Poe in the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) involving the same allegations. Her camp has asked for an extension for disclosing the Senator’s DNA tests, which the SET granted on October 27. The deadline was supposed to be on October 21; the Senator was given until November 5 to submit the results.

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