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FULL TEXT: Supreme Court decision on Grace Poe vs Comelec

In this Jan. 19, 2016, file photo, Sen. Grace Poe, a presidential hopeful, waves as she is mobbed by supporters as she arrives at the Philippine Supreme Court for the oral arguments following a petition that was filed questioning her citizenship in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that  Poe can run for president in May 9 elections, overturning an elections commission decision to disqualify her and removing a long-hanging legal question over a tightly fought race to lead the Southeast Asian nation. AP/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court released on Friday the copy of the decision penned by Associate Justice Jose Perez paving the way for Sen. Grace Poe to push through with her bid for the presidency.

The magistrates voted 9-6 to overturn the Commission on Elections' resolution to disqualify Poe from the presidential race last year over issues of citizenship and length of residency required for elected posts. The poll body ruled that she was not a natural-born Filipino as required by the Constitution because she was abandoned as a baby by her unknown parents in a Roman Catholic church in Iloilo.

FULL STORY: SC sees grave abuse in Comelec's disqualification of Poe

The United States-educated Poe, a former pre-school teacher, is the adopted daughter of one of the Philippines' most famous movie couples. Her late father, Fernando Poe Jr., was a movie action star who mostly played roles as a defender of the poor in a country where about a fourth of the more than 100 million Filipinos wallow in poverty.

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