Duterte: Controversy over Grace Poe citizenship prompted my run 

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President Rodrigo Duterte and former Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) — The controversy surrounding former presidential candidate and Senator Grace Poe’s citizenship prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to run for office, he said on Tuesday. 

“She was disqualified by the Commission on Elections, also justices. And upon appeals, they ruled that she is a Filipino.... I said, ‘I'm sorry Mr. Supreme Court, I do not agree. So I'm running,’” Duterte said. 

The President was addressing the press after the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings. 

During the 2016 presidential elections, other presidential contenders  including then Davao Mayor Duterte hit her citizenship.  

The Supreme Court in March 2016 ruled on the disqualification case against Poe, stating she is a natural-born Filipino and has met the 10-year residency requirement for presidential candidates. 

Under the 1987 Constitution, candidates for presidency must be a natural-born Filipino citizen who has resided at least 10 years in the country, a presidential candidate must also be a registered voter, able to read and write and at least 40 years old. 

On top of the issue, Poe was accused of not being a natural-born Filipino due to her being adopted. 

“If you're [from] naturalized adoption, you are not a Filipino citizen,” said Duterte. 

Poe is an adopted child of movie actors Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr..  The High Court ruled that her adoptive parents are her birth parents, who are Filipino citizens. Although Poe Jr., who ran for President in 2004, also faced disqualification cases over questions of his citizenship. 

Poe has yet to comment on the President’s statement. 

CNN Philippines digital producer Chad de Guzman contributed to this story.