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Grace Poe's woe: DNA match turns out negative

Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - November 4, 2015 - 2:30am

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday admitted that her DNA test results with her supposed relatives turned out negative.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Poe said that the issue of foundlings should also be considered in her case.

"Wala po akong duda sa aking puso, sa aking isip, ako po ay Pilipino," Poe said.

Defeated senatorial bet Rizalito David earlier filed a disqualification case against Poe before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), seeking to unseat the senator as she is allegedly not a natural-born Filipino citizen.

The senator is also facing several disqualification cases before the Commission on Elections, seeking to invalidate her certificate of candidacy for president.

Poe remains confident that she will win the cases filed against her, citing that her camp has legal basis to support her claims that she is a natural-born Filipino.

"Masuwerte na rin ako na yan ang isyu at hindi pagnanakaw at hindi pagganap ng iyong trabaho," the senator said.

The senator's camp failed to beat the October 21 deadline of the SET and asked for an extension to submit the DNA test results.

The tribunal is set to rule on Poe's disqualification case on November 5.

At a hearing in September, Supreme Court senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, chair of the SET, said that a DNA match is a “conclusive presumption of filiation” of Poe, who has recently expressed her intention to run for president in 2016.

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“If you have a conclusive match that is a conclusive presumption, if you have a DNA match, that would solve all our problems here because you cannot argue against that anymore,” Carpio said.

RELATED: Poe to accept SET ruling on disqualification case

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