A former Philippine senator abandoned in a church as a baby and until now the favorite to succeed Benigno Aquino as president has been barred from running, Reuters reported.
Three members of the second division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday that Grace Poe cannot run for president in elections in May because she fails to meet the 10-year residency requirement.
Poe, a naturalized American, returned to the Philippines when her adoptive father, who ran for president and lost, died in late 2004.
Six years later, she renounced her US citizenship when Aquino appointed her to a government post.
“I am disappointed in the decision, but this is not the end of the process,” Poe said in a statement.
“I have faith in the process, and we are confident that the Comelec en banc will side with the interest of the people.”
Poe’s camp said it will appeal against the decision to Comelec before elevating it to the Supreme Court.
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