SC GIVES PARTIES IN POE CASE UNTIL MONDAY TO FILE MEMORANDUM

SC GIVES PARTIES IN POE CASE UNTIL MONDAY TO FILE MEMORANDUM

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) has given the parties in the case of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares until 5 p.m. today, Monday, within which to submit their respective memorandum.

The parties are the camp of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Commission on Elections (Comelec), Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and the private respondents, namely: Dean Amado Valdez, Dr. Antonio Contreras, Atty. Estrella Elamparo and former Senator Francisco “Kit” S. Tatad.

The submission of the memorandum was in connection with the completion of the oral arguments on the petition of Poe assailing the decision of the Comelec En Banc disqualifying her to run for president in the May 9, 2016 elections over questions on her citizenship and residency.

The memorandum contains the written arguments of each parties which will also contain their additional position on the petition as well as explanation on the questions of the SC justices.

According to the SC, aside from personal filing before the SC, the memorandum can also be sent through registered mail for as long as the date of the sender should be Feb. 22, 2016, the deadline set by the SC.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno has stated during the fifth and last round of the oral arguments last week that the case of Poe is deemed as submitted for resolution once all the parties have submitted their memorandum on Monday.

This means that the SC will then resolve whether or not grave abuse of discretion was committed on the part of the Comelec when it nullified the certificate of candidacy (COC) for president of Poe in the May 9, 2016 elections over questions on her citizenship and residency. Perfecto Raymundo/northboundasia.com