UPDATING: The Supreme Court voted 9-6 in favor of Senator Grace Poe. This means she is eligible to run for president of the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Supreme Court is set to deliberate tomorrow and possibly decide on Senator Grace Poe’s petition questioning her disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from the presidential race.
The Comelec had previously ruled that Poe is not qualified to run for president because she is a foundling and has not established her being a natural-born citizen. The Comelec ruling also claims that Poe does not have the required residency requirement for presidential candidates.
Poll after poll shows the senator at the top of Filipino voters’ list of who they want to succeed President NoyNoy Aquino.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s ruling, Poe’s supporters and those who are against the candidacies of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Mirian Defensor-Santiago are reportedly organizing to hold yet another People’s Power march along EDSA, should the Supreme Court rule against Poe.
EDSA (Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue) has been the site of the first People’s Power Revolution that ousted the late Ferdinand E. Marcos. Subsequent People’s Power marches (we can no longer keep count) were staged against former Presidents Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and incumbent NoyNoy Aquino.
Tomorrow’s anticipated Supreme Court ruling comes right on the heels of International Women’s Day. Tomorrow’s march is expected to be participated in, and dominated by, women.
The Adobo Chronicles will be reporting live from EDSA.