MANILA – The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) scheduled its preliminary hearing on a disqualification case at 10 a.m. on Friday – Senator Grace Poe, respondent, and former senatorial candidate Rizalito David, petitioner, were expected to appear.
Senator Vicente “Tito” Soto III confirmed Poe and David’s attendance, with the latter questioning the lady senator’s citizenship and eligibility for an elective post.
When asked if he was in favor of the neophyte senator, Soto disclosed that he was yet to decide what action to take as a member of the SET.
“I am still contemplating on what to do. I will decide on what to do after we hear the presentations tomorrow,” he said in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
Poe, for her part, had repeatedly reiterated already withdrawing her American citizenship years ago, making her eligible for public office.
“Based on facts, documentary evidence and pertinent laws and jurisprudence, she is a natural-born citizen and her residence or length of stay in the country is more than sufficient when she ran and won as a senator,” her legal argument read.