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December 4, 2015

More lawyers back Poe on citizenship

More legal experts have come to the defense of Sen. Grace Poe against the view of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, head of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), that she is a naturalized and not a native-born Filipino citizen.

A lawmaker, however, insisted on Sunday that Poe should explain why she abandoned her Philippine citizenship in the first place when she could have lived, worked and raised a family in the United States and still remained a Filipino.

“Since Sen. Grace Poe is now running for President no less, she has to deal with the reality that she has put herself and her family under a microscope,” House Deputy Minority Leader Arnel Ty said in a statement.

Carpio’s stating his opinion, based on international law, during oral arguments on Sept. 21 on a petition for the ouster of Poe from the Senate has led to calls for his inhibition from the case.

But election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, in a statement issued Sunday, said Carpio’s opinion using customary international law (CIL) as basis was not a strong ground for his inhibition.

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