COMELEC WILL DECIDE SOON ON THE ELECTION OFFENSE CASE AGAINST POE IN THE 2013 POLLS

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will decide soon on the election offense case filed against Senator Grace Poe by 2016 presidential aspirant Rizalito David.

This after Atty. George Garcia, the lawmaker’s counsel, submitted Poe’s counter-affidavit to the Comelec’s Legal Division during the preliminary investigation on Friday.

“Both counsels jointly manifested the case is now submitted for resolution by the law department of the Commission on Elections,” said Atty. Manuel Luna, counsel for the petitioner.

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The poll body’s law department is expected to issue within 15 to 30 days a resolution on whether to file charges before a court or dismiss the case.

In his petition, David claimed that Poe committed an election offense for claiming that she is a natural-born Filipino and had met the residency requirement when she ran in the 2013 midterm elections.

On the other hand, Garcia said the contents of the counter-affidavit raised the same issues, including what transpired during the hearing this week on another case pending before the poll body.

“Yung counter-affidavit kasi namin, kung tutuusin wala naman halos na-raised na ibang issue maliban sa kung ano yung nasulat na namin sa Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET). May mga dagdag lalo na yung mga nangyari during the hearing the other day sa Comelec,” he said.

He is referring to the disqualification case filed by Atty. Estrella Elamparo, also questioning Poe’s citizenship in connection with the filing of her Certificate of Candidacy on her bid for the presidential post in next year’s polls.

The SET is expected to issue its decision on Nov. 17.

Aside from the Elamparo case, Poe is also facing three disqualification cases before the poll body in connection with her 2016 presidential bid. PNA