SC junks Tatad's 2nd MR on Poe case


MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the second motion for reconsideration filed by former Senator Franciso "Kit" Tatad on Senator Grace Poe's disqualification case.

The high court dismissed Tatad's motion for "lack of merit" and "for being a prohibited pleading."

Tatad filed his appeal last week, asserting that Poe's citizenship and residency issues have not been firmly resolved.

The Supreme Court on April 9 officially released its resolution denying with finality all motions for reconsideration (MRs) on its earlier ruling upholding Poe's candidacy for president.

READ: SC rules with finality: Poe qualified to run for president

Maintaining their 9-6 vote in favor of Poe's twin petitions against her disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the high court magistrates ruled during their April 5 summer en banc session that the three MRs filed on the case "failed to present substantial arguments to warrant a reversal" of their March 8, 2016 decision.

The MRs were filed by the Comelec; Tatad, Estrella Elamparo and Antonio Contreras who filed a joint MR; and Amado Valdez. - Report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News