Binay: Poe's disqualification only means one less candidate

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Sen. Grace Poe (L) and Vice President Jejomar Binay (R).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Commission on Elections' (Comelec) Second Division on Tuesday (December 1) granted a petition of Atty. Estrella Elamparo to cancel Sen. Grace Poe's certificate of candidacy (COC) for presidency in the 2016 elections.

In a 34-page resolution, it was stated that based on the Constitution and jurisprudence, Poe "committed material misrepresentation" when she filed her COC for president.

Related: Comelec disqualifies Poe from presidential race

On Wednesday, Vice President Jejomar Binay, also a presidential aspirant, said the disqualification of Poe only means one less candidate in the 2016 polls.

"One less candidate. 'Yun ang epekto noon," Binay told reporters. "Basta nabawasan ng isang kanddidato."

[Translation: "One less candidate. That's the effect of this. It just took away one candidate."]

He refused, however, to identify which candidate he thinks would benefit from this. Based on the latest Pulse Asia pre-election survey, Poe remains as the front-runner to win the presidency, while Binay trailed in second.

Related: Sen. Grace Poe leads Pulse Asia electoral survey again

The disqualification case pending before the Comelec, Binay added, is a question of fact that should be decided upon based on evidence and not emotions.

The vice president believes Poe's disqualification cases — including the other cases pending before the poll body and the Senate Electoral Tribunal — are difficult cases to handle as there are documentary evidence against her.

Advice for Grace

Meanwhile, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. offered brotherly advice to Poe, encouraging her to "keep going" and not to lose hope.

"Just know that when you are doing the right thing, you will in the end succeed,” he said.

 

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Interview of Atty. George Garcia on CNN Philippines' Headline News on December 2

Poe to appeal disqualification

Poe said the legal battle isn't over yet and insisted that she was a natural-born Filipino and had completed the 10-year residency requirement to run for the presidency.

The senator is set to file an appeal before the Comelec En Banc. Poe's lawyer, Atty. George Garcia, said the they will bring the disqualification to the Supreme Court (SC) if all else fails.

He told CNN Philippines that the SC has the final say when it comes to citizenship and residency.

Poe's camp is still waiting for the Comelec's ruling on three other petitions to disqualify her. Garcia said the senator will continue — and even double — her campaign efforts despite the setback.

"She'll be explaining to supporters and those who are not believers what is really at stake at the Comelec, including the decisions reached by the Commission on Elections. So there is no effect at all as far as our campaign strategy and plan is concerned," said Garcia.

CNN Philippines correspondent Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.