Breaking: COMELEC disqualifies Grace Poe
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(SPOT.ph) GMANetwork.com reported today, December 1, that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has just disqualified presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe from the 2016 national elections for failing to meet the 10-year residency requirement for presidential candidates.
GMA News reports that the COMELEC second division voted three-to-zero in favor of the petition filed by lawyer Estrella Elamparo, who claims that the Senator should be disqualified from the presidential race due to failure to meet the 10-year residency requirement to run for president. The COMELEC second division ruled that Poe became a resident in July 2006 upon applying for dual-citizenship—two months short of meeting the 10-year residency rule.
Her lawyers insist that the Senator became a resident in May 2005 and that they would appeal the ruling.
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Erratum: The first version of this article said that Poe was disqualified based on the grounds that she is not a natural-born Filipino. This has been corrected.