Poe undergoes DNA test to prove Filipino citizenship

SENATOR Grace Poe, a top presidential contender for the 2016 polls, has underwent a DNA test two weeks ago to prove that she is a natural born Filipino and to trace her biological parents.

George Garcia, Poe's lawyer, said it was the senator's personal decision to undergo the test.

In an ambush interview, Poe said that her probable biological match, whom she refused to name, volunteered himself or herself with the possibility that they are her relatives.

The senator said her supposed relative looked for her in early September. She said she was convinced to undergo DNA test because a photo, with some hints on her identity, was shown to her.

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"They are the ones who looked after me. I will not say if I know them because it will create speculations," Poe said.

"If they are my relatives, I will really be grateful because they are decent and kind persons," she further said.

Poe's camp will likely get the result of the DNA test in a week.

Garcia said they are hoping that the DNA test results would result in the swift resolution of the disqualification case filed against her at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

Rizalito David, a losing candidate in the 2013 senatorial race, sought for Poe's disqualification, saying the senator is a foundling and there is a possibility that she is not a natural born Filipino.

But Poe's camp insisted that David's move is just a "systematic political smear campaign."

Once the results are released, Garcia said the SET, which heard David's complaint on Monday, can come up with the decision by the second to third week of November.

Citing the reaction of SET chairman Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio on Poe's process, Garcia said: "That's (DNA testing) wonderful. If that will be proven correct or whatever, then practically, that will resolve all of her case."

If the results turn out to be negative, Garcia said Poe would continue searching for her relatives in Iloilo.

Poe's biological parents are unknown as she was found abandoned as a baby inside the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City.

Poe, who topped the latest survey of pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS), announced last week her intent to run for president in the 2016 elections. (Sunnex)
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