Comelec summons Grace Poe for election offense case

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 21 2015 10:59 PM | Updated as of Oct 22 2015 11:18 PM

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has summoned Senator Grace Poe to appear at a preliminary investigation regarding the election offense case filed by Rizalito David against her, Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista confirmed Wednesday.

Bautista said the Comelec's law department on Tuesday issued a subpoena for Poe.

She is accused of violating the Omnibus Election Code.

The preliminary investigation will be held on November 3 at 2 p.m.

Atty. Manuelito Luna, David's legal counsel, also confirmed the information.

Luna added Poe is being ordered to submit her counter-affidavit, as well as attend the hearing.

Poe's camp, on the other hand, said what they received are summons and not subpoenas. Atty. George Garcia also said that the senator will see to it that all legal decrees are complied with.

David, who lost his senatorial bid in 2013, accused Poe of the offense of material misrepresentation for allegedly lying in her certificate of candidacy in the 2013 election.

He also accused Poe of not being a Filipino when she filed her candidacy in 2012, since she only lost her US citizenship in the last quarter of the same year, according to records of the US Resgistry. David said Poe also failed to satisfy the 2-year residency requirement for senatorial candidates.

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David was among the 130 hopefuls who filed their certificates of candidacy for president at Comelec last week.

Three other cases have been filed against Poe before the Comelec.

On Friday, Atty. Estrella Elamparo filed a petition to deny due course or cancel Poe's COC for alleged "material misrepresentation in stating that she is a natural-born Filipino."

Former senator Francisco "Kit" Tatad, likewise, filed a disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe on Monday, saying Poe cannot run for president next year because she is allegedly not a natural-born Filipino and she failed to meet the residency requirement for candidates.

On Tuesday, a political science professor of the De La Salle University has filed the third case against Poe, this time questioning her residency.