Tatad asks SC to lift TRO on Poe's disqualification

January 5, 2016 6:15 am 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Jan. 4 (PNA) — Former Senator Francisco S. Tatad asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued in favor of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares over the issue of natural-born Filipino status.

In a petition, Tatad also asked the SC to dismiss the petition of Poe seeking the inhibition of the three SC Associate Justices who are members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

He was referring to SET chair SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio and SET members SC Associate Justices Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro and Arturo D. Brion.

Tatad reiterated the arguments on why Poe is ineligible to run for president in the May 9, 2016 elections.

Through his lawyer Manuelito Luna, Tatad said that contrary to Poe's claims, the Comelec en banc did not gravely abuse its discretion when it upheld two disqualification orders from its First and Second divisions.

“A careful analysis of the assailed resolutions will show that the Comelec anchored its findings, conclusions or rulings on the Constitution, the law or jurisprudence, after a meticulous examination of the facts and the evidence presented,” Tatad added.

Meanwhile, in an advisory issued on Monday by SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te, the SC said that the three SC Associate Justices who are members of the SET will not participate in the deliberations by the SC en banc on the SET ruling in the disqualification case against Poe.

Te added that SC Associate Justices Carpio, De Castro and Brion formally filed their respective inhibition from the Poe case during the SC en banc session on Dec. 16, 2015. (PNA)

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