MANILA -- The camp of Senator Grace Poe on Monday branded as a form of ''harassment'' and ''insult'' the move of losing senatorial candidate Rizalito David to accuse her of the offense of material misrepresentation for allegedly lying in her certificate of candidacy in the 2013 election.
''There was no misrepresentation because Senator Grace Poe is a natural-born Filipino. We are confident that the SC will decide in our favor,'' said Poe's legal counsel, Atty. George Garcia.
''Clearly, the complainant is fishing for a forum to air his baseless accusations. Masyado nilang inaapi si Senator Grace Poe. Ganyang-ganyan din ginawa nila sa tatay nya. Lubha nilang minamaliit ang talino at pang-unawa ng Pilipino.
''Hndi ito advocacy katulad ng pinapalabas niya ngunit isang harassment at panlalait. Nakahanda kaming sumagot at pabulaanan ang mga kasinungalingang kanilang ibinabato."
David filed on Monday a case of offense for material misrepresentation against Poe before the Commission on Elections.
He accused Poe of not being a Filipino since she only lost her US citizenship in the last quarter of 2012 based on the US Registry. He also claimed Poe failed to satisfy the 2-year residency requirement for senatorial candidates.
David had earlier filed a quo warranto petition against Poe before the Senate Electoral Tribunal, citing a similar complaint.
David has denied that Vice-President Jejomar Binay bankrolled his petition to unseat Poe. David is a former staff member of former Sen. Francisco "Kit" Tatad, a known ally of Binay.
Spokespersons of the vice-president were also the first to claim that Poe cannot run for president in 2016 because of questions with her residency and the possibility that she is not a natural born Filipino.