Round One: SCOTP stops Poe’s DQ in 2016 presidential polls

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The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday from enforcing its decision that disqualified Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares from running in the 2016 presidential polls.

This after the SC issued two separate temporary restraining orders (TROs) stopping the Comelec en banc from delisting Poe’s name in the list of presidentiables in next year’s national elections.

SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te said that the TROs were issued by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno since the SC is now on recess.

The TROs were issued upon the recommendation of the ponente of the cases by Associate Justices Mariano C. Del Castillo and Marvic F. Leonen.

The TROs issued by Sereno will have to be confirmed by the SC in the next en banc session on Jan. 12, 2016.

Sereno also ordered the Comelec to file its comment within a “non-extendible” period of 10 days from notice.

The conduct of the oral arguments was set on Jan. 19, 2016, alongside with the oral arguments in the case of “Rizalito David vs. Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and Poe.” (PNA / Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr. )

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