If removed as senator by SC ruling, Poe says it will be ‘tragic and sad’
MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe on Thursday vowed to exhaust all legal means possible should she lose the disqualification cases at the Supreme Court (SC) but said it would be “tragic” and “sad” if she would also be removed as senator.
Poe, however, remained hopeful that she and her lawyers have a “very viable legal standing” at the SC based on the evidence that they submitted before it.
“I remain hopeful and very positive that we’ve offered to the Supreme Court the truth, and also that we’ve a very viable legal standing. I offer to the Supreme Court not only my situation but the situation of hundreds of thousands of foundlings who are in the same plight. So I remain hopeful as I said,” Poe said when she faced the Meet Inquirer Multimedia Forum.
“On the other hand, as a lawmaker, I’ll respectfully abide by the decision of the Supreme Court but I will exhaust all legal means possible to be able to fight for our case,” she said.
If the SC rules that she did not meet the 10-year requirement to run for the highest position in the land, Poe said should would not be able to join the May presidential race.
“If the ruling included my situation as a foundling, then that also removes my position now in the Senate and that will be tragic and sad,” she said.
However, the senator expressed readiness to return to her private life should she lose in both ground.
“As a private citizen, we’ve been quiet with happy with our lives. With our families, with our friend, we can still do many things with or without a position in government,” Poe added.(MNS)