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March 7, 2016

Bets on Supreme Court Decision on Grace Poe: Will it be 8-5-2 or 6-7-2?

The close race to the May 2016 elections just got even closer according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay are statistically tied at first place. They are followed by another tie between Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was ranked last.

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THE VERDICT ON POE

However, it is still too early for Senator Poe to rejoice as her disqualification case has yet to be decided on by the Supreme Court. The decision is expected to be handed down this week.

People are waiting to see how the issue of citizenship will be resolved given the latest Supreme Court decision to disqualify Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado for using a United States passport. The senator’s camp, on the other hand, said that the case is not the similar to theirs.

We overheard that the decision may be 6-7-2 with two justices including Supreme Court Chief Jusice Maria Lourdes Sereno inhibiting. Interestingly, it’s not the three that were in the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that are rumored to inhibit. (The 3 Justices in the Senate Electoral Tribunal were:  Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, who was chairman of the SET, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Associate Justice Arturo Brion, member.)

Those from the Poe camp, though, are betting on an 8-5-2 decision in favor of Senator Poe.

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MORE WOES FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP

The Pulse Asia survey results also noted that Congressman Manny Pacquiao’s rankings in the senatorial race plunged the most following his controversial statement regarding same-sex marriage.The People’s Champ’s ratings went down to 34.8 from 46.9 in January.

His April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley has also been the subject of complaints of fellow candidate and former Partylist Representative Walden Bello and former Senator Rene Saguisag. Both stated that the fight airing a month before the elections would count as a form of advertisement and would therefore give Pacquiao an unfair advantage over other candidates.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has yet to give their verdict on the matter. Although former COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes has stated that while the fight will not be shown in the Philippines, it will still fall within the 30-day voting period for overseas absentee voters. This makes it a violation of the  Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2013.

As the electoral race heats up, we await the verdict on these cases. As one famous sitcom put it: ABANGAN ANG SUSUNOD NA KABANATA!

Stay tuned!

 

 

Link: Pulse Asia Survey

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