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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ex-Chief Justice calls Poe's critics arrogant

FORMER Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban has called the people who questioned the Supreme Court's majority ruling to uphold Senator Grace Poe's qualification to run for president arrogant.

In an interview on Monday, Panganiban criticized Poe's critics for not accepting the decision of the court that overturned a Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision cancelling Poe's certificate of candidacy.

Panganiban said the reactions of the people who sought for Poe's disqualification from the May 2016 race were contrary to the senator's humility.

Before the court released its ruling, Poe said she was ready to face whatever will be the court's decision in her disqualification case.

Voting 9-6, the high tribunal reversed the two Comelec decisions that disqualified her from running for president for not being a natural-born citizen and for lack of the 10-year permanent residency in the country.

Panganiban also warned those who are calling for impeachment against the magistrates who voted in favor of Poe.

He said the threats just showed the arrogance of Poe's dissenters.

The petitioners who sought for post disqualification from the race include former University of the East Dean Amado Valdez, former senator Francisco Tatad, Antonio Contreras and lawyer Estrella Elamparo.

In her concurring opinion, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said there was no room for doubt in the SC ruling that allowed Poe to run for president. (Sunnex)
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