Poe: I'm still a candidate for president

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

Isabela (CNN Philippines) — A day after losing her second disqualification case before the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Sen. Grace Poe visited Isabela Province.

Related: Comelec disqualifies Poe from presidential race

Speaking before a crowd of about 10,000 barangay officials, Poe reiterated her message: she may be down, but definitely, not yet out of the 2016 race.

 

"Ang laban na ito ay para sa inyo," she told the crowd.

[Translation: "This fight is for all of you."]

The Comelec's First Division issued on Friday (December 11) a strongly worded decision disqualifying Poe.

Related: Comelec 1st Division cancels Grace Poe's COC

In its ruling, the division said that Poe deliberately attempted to deceive and mislead voters by choosing to ignore questions on her citizenship and residency.

"We find that Respondent deliberately attempted to deceive and mislead the electorate with respect to her citizenship and residency qualifications," it said.

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

And since she is a foundling, Poe failed to establish that she is a natural born Filipino, a requirement to run for president. The division even admonished Poe.

The commissioners said, Poe, as a lawmaker herself, should know that ignorance of the law excuses no one.

Poe is taking this latest ruling badly.

"Kung deceit lamang, e pati nga pagkatao ko, nilalabas ko na lahat, kung sino yung mga puwede kong maka-DNA. Kung ano puwede kong gawin, basta, hindi ako nawawalan ng tulog... [A]t ako'y nagpapasalamat kay Commissioner Lim, dahil sa kanyang sinulat, ay talagang makikita kung papaano, dinesregard lahat yong ng iba pang commissioner," Poe said.

[Translation: "If it's just deceit, I have already revealed everything, the people who can be possible DNA matches with me. Whatever I can do, I know I'm not losing sleep over this... I also thank Comissioner Lim because of the points he wrote (in his dissenting opinion) and how the other commissioners disregarded those."]

Related: Comelec division ignored our evidence, says Poe’s lawyer

Poe said that aside from a pending Comelec en banc decision, she would also appeal her cases before the Supreme Court (SC).

The other legal battle Poe will also have to face now is how to ensure her name will still be included once the ballots are printed next year.

If Poe elevates her cases to the SC, it remains unclear how soon the high court will decide on these cases.

The Comelec earlier said it has yet to decide on this matter. It will finalize the official list of candidates by December 15.

"Dapat isama ang pangalan ni Senator Grace, tulad ng ginawa nila noong 2013, kung saan sinama nila yung pangalan nung mga nadiskwalipikang kandidato. Dahil hindi naman nila alam kung sa dulo, ito ay ika-qualify ng Korte Suprema," Sen. Francis Escudero said.

[Translation: "Senartor Grace's name should be included, like what the Comelec did in 2013, when they retained the names of disqualified candidates. It's because they won't know if the Supreme Court will rule to qualify them in the end."]

Back at the Isabela gathering, Fourth District Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao explained in the vernacular the status of Poe's candidacy.

Aggabao is the president of the country's second largest political party, the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), which is inclined to support Poe.

He denied that some members are shifting support to other candidates over doubts on Poe's candidacy.

"Mas worry ako sa mga barangay officials, because their understanding of the legal process is very limited," he said.

[Translation: "I'm more worried about the barangay officials, because their understanding of the legal process is very limited."]