FULL TEXT | Decision of the Comelec First Division on Poe's presidential bid

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Voting 2-1, the Commission on Elections First Division canceled Poe's certificate of candidacy for the presidency.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — On Friday (December 11), the First Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) canceled the certificate of candidacy (COC) for president of Sen. Grace Poe.

Voting 2-1, the Comelec division gave its verdict on three separate cases filed by former Sen. Francisco "Kit" Tatad, professor Antonio Contreras, and constitutionalist Amado Valdez.

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Commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Luie Guia voted in favor of the petitions. Only Senior Commissioner Christian Robert Lim dissented, citing the following reasons:

  • Tatad petition: It "should have been dismissed outright for availing of the wrong mode to assail the qualifications of the respondent."
  • Issue of residency on the Contreras and Valdez petitions: There is "no material misrepresentation in the certificate of candidacy of the respondent as to the number of years she has been a resident of the Philippines."
  • Issue of citizenship on the Valdez petition: "[No] ruling can be rendered whether the respondent misrepresented her claim to being a natural-born Filipino citizen in her certificate of candidacy."

Here is the full text of the decision: