Sen. Grace Poe starts to fight her case at Comelec

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Sen. Grace Poe with her mother Susan Roces and supporters.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines)—Sen. Grace Poe’s camp on Monday (December 7) appealed her disqualification from the 2016 presidential polls at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The petitioner in the case, lawyer Estrella Elamparo, however, also filed a motion for partial reconsideration. The lawyer wants Comelec to include Poe's citizenship as cause for the cancellation of the senator’s certificate of candidacy (COC).

The poll body has cited only Poe's failure to meet the 10-year residency requirement for presidential bets as reason for her exclusion from the race.

Elamparo: There’s a pattern of misrepresentation

The Comelec Second Division ruled that Poe made a deliberate misrepresentation on the question of her residency.

Although the division declared that Poe is not a natural-born Filipino, it said that she probably honestly thought that she was when she filled out her COC.

In her motion, Elamparo presented additional documents from Poe herself to try to establish that she has "a pattern of misrepresentation" about her citizenship.

One of the documents Elamparo used against Poe was the senator’s petition to reacquire her Philippine citizenship from 2006. In it, Poe claimed to have been born to Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, while she is supposed to be a foundling.

Other documents are certificates of transfer of properties in which Poe made the same claims.

According to Elamparo, the only thing that could save Poe in terms of her residency is to present a permanent resident visa that should be dated 2005. That's to affirm whether Poe has indeed been a Philippine resident for a full decade, as she claimed in her COC.

CNN Philippines’ JC Gotinga contributed to this report.