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Poe finds 'refuge' in Sereno's arguments

Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - February 3, 2016 - 1:58am

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday acknowledged the statement of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on foundlings.

During the resumption of the high court's oral arguments on Poe's disqualification case on Tuesday, Sereno said that declaring foundlings as not natural-born and ineligible for national elective posts would have repercussions on their rights.

READ: Sereno warns of repercussions of Poe DQ

"We take refuge in the statement of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno fighting hard for the rights of foundlings like me," Poe said in a statement.

Sereno said that the decision of the Commission on Elections to disqualify from the presidential race is discriminatory to foundlings.

"It rings loud and clear that the right of foundlings to a nationality will just be an empty rhetoric unless the government accords it due respect and implements this right," Poe said.

The SC chief justice pointed out that foundlings will be deprived of rights of ordinary citizens if the high court will uplhold the Comelec's decision on Poe's case.

The poll body earlier canceled Poe's certificate of candidacy for president, citing that she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen and that she failed to meet the ten-year residency requirement.

RELATED: Comelec defends decision to disqualify Poe

CHIEF JUSTICE MA COMELEC DECISION FOUNDLINGS GRACE POE LOURDES SERENO POE QUOT SERENO STRONG SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE MARIA LOURDES SERENO
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