MANILA – Senator Grace Poe allegedly committed an election offense by misrepresenting herself in her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) in the 2013 senatorial elections, according to former senatorial candidate Rizalito David.
David then filed a complaint at the Commission on Elections (COC), pointing out that Poe declared in her COC that she was (1) a natural-born Filipino citizen; (2) a resident of the Philippines for six years and six months before the 2013 elections; and thus was eligible to run as senator.
The former senatorial candidate, however, raised questions in Poe’s COC.
“The reported circumstances of her birth yield no proof upon which to conclude that her father or mother is a Filipino citizen, so as to make her a Filipino citizen at birth,” he said in his affidavit-complaint.
“Can a foreigner, or in the case of Poe, an American, acquire residence synonymous with domicile in the Philippines? She certainly cannot. Being an American citizen, she cannot acquire domicile in the Philippines,” he added.
The COC served as a sworn statement of a particular candidate seeking an elective post.
If Poe indeed misrepresented herself in her COC, she would have then committed an elective offense and may be imprisoned for one to six years, disqualified to hold public office, and be deprived of the right to vote in political elections.