Nancy wants review of SolGen procedures

Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Nancy Binay is seeking a review of the procedures of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG/SolGen), in light of the Commission on Election's (Comelec) current predicament at the Supreme Court wherein they lost legal counsel because the SolGen was already representing the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) in the Grace Poe case.

Binay said it was worth ironing out what should really be done as a matter or procedure, when two government agencies find themselves at opposing sides of an issue, with both needing legal representation.

In a manifestation, the OSG told the Supreme Court on Monday that it would not be able to submit its comments on the petitions filed by Poe against the Comelec en banc's decisions cancelling the senator's certificate of candidacy (COC) for president.

The OSG said to represent the Comelec would be in contradiction with its views on Poe's case before the Senate Electoral Tribunal. The OSG has opted to defend the SET's position, saying the tribunal did not commit grave abuse of discretion.

READ: Comelec loses SolGen backing in Poe case

Rizalito David earlier went to the SC to question the SET's ruling that Poe is a natural-born Filipino. In the SET case, David is seeking to disqualify Poe as senator supposedly because she is not a natural-born Filipino.

Binay, a member of the SET, voted to grant David's petition against Senator Grace Poe, which said she was not eligible to become a senator because she was not a natural-born Filipino. The Comelec en banc, ruling on separate petitions, also ruled that Poe was not natural-born. 

Binay is leaving the future of the SET ruling to the magistrates, but she insists that her vote was grounded on her understanding of the Constitution, and not because she wanted to eliminate her father's contender to the presidency.

Her confidence in her vote lies in the fact that the three Supreme Court justices who are members of the SET also voted to grant the David petition. "How can you go wrong with that," Binay said.