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Mar 8, 2016
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The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed Senator Grace Poe to run in the 2016 elections.

The SC ruled in favor of Poe with a vote of 9–6, confirming her eligibility to run as an official presidential candidate, CNN Philippines reported.

The nine justices who voted in favor for Poe’s petition included Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The decision came after Poe formally questioned the Commission on Election’s cancellation of her certificate of candidacy due to residency and citizenships issues. Her camp insisted that those with foundling status like Poe still have the right to run for higher office.

However, Poe has stated that as a lawmaker, she was ready to accept whatever decision the SC will hand down.

With this development, five presidential candidates including Poe will be jousting over the nation’s votes this May 9.

The other candidates are Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, administration bet Mar Roxas II and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Poe has also recently topped the latest presidential survey with a 26 percent approval rating. The survey was conducted by The Standard from February 24 to March 1.

She is closely followed by Duterte and Binay with 24 and 23 percent respectively. The three are considered statistically tied due to the survey’s ±1.8 percent margin of error.

 

Photo credit: Grace Poe FB
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