After Vice President Jejomar Binay expressed disappointment on Senator Grace Poe’s signing of Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee report recommending filling of plunder charges against him, UNA interim president Toby Tiangco said Poe is not qualified to run for a higher office in the upcoming 2016 elections.
Tiangco cited Article VII, Section 2 of the Constitution saying a presidential or vice-presidential candidate should be a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election.
Other prerequisites include natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least forty years of age on the day of the election.
The UNA official showed reporters Poe’s 2013 Certificate of Candidacy for Senator which shows Poe’s residency in the country before May 13, 2013 was six years and six months. Which will translate Poe’s residency in the country before May 9, 2016 will be nine years and six months, short of six months.
Prior to Poe’s statement that her door was never open to become Binay’s running mate, Vice President Binay is considering Senator Poe as his running mate.