Senator Grace Poe hit back at Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur Lim for his “goodbye rule of law” comment following the Supreme Court’s ruling on her disqualification cases.
Poe said, “Hindi ko nga maintindihan kung bakit ngayon pa niya sinabi yun.
“Samantalang umpisa pa lang, yun ang aming sinasabi na hindi ginawa ng Comelec.
“Ni-railroad talaga nila ito.”
It can be recalled that the Comelec en banc disqualified Poe from running in the presidential race last December 23.
Poe faced at least four disqualification cases that were later elevated to the Supreme Court.
But despite the tough legal battle that she faced these past few months, Poe maintained that her fight for justice was worth it.
“Hindi talaga naming inaakala na magkakaroon ng pabor na decision.
“Sapagkat kung naririnig niyo ang mga bali-balita noong mga nakaraang linggo at buwan, talagang nasa DQ [disqualification] na,” she further stated in a live interview with TV Patrol earlier tonight, March 8.
Poe added, “Lalung-lalo na kung papaano ginawa ng Comelec ang kanilang decision na talagang magpa-Pasko, nagdesisyon silang i-disqualify.
“Kaya naramdaman talaga naming medyo mahirap ang laban na ito.
“Pero hindi naman kami sumuko.”
TV Patrol anchor Noli de Castro mentioned that there were rumors that the 15 Supreme Court justices were allegedly offered P50 million each to vote against her.
To which, Poe replied, “’Yan nga po ay kasama sa mga bali-balita. Sana hindi totoo.
“Gayunpaman, ako’y nagpapasalamat na sa panahon na ito sila ay nagdesisyon panig sa hustisya.”
On a brighter note, Poe felt that it was providential that she happened to pass by Quiapo Church when she heard the news that she is officially qualified to run as president in the 2016 elections.
She said, “Kaya para sa akin, maraming kinalaman dito ang Diyos.
“At gusto kong magawa kung anong nararapat para makatulong sa ating kababayan, lalo na sa mga naaapi at mga nahihirapan.”
In the end, she maintained that the Supreme Court's decision was a victory not only for the sake of foundlings like her, but also for the rest of the Filipinos to be given fair options in the upcoming national elections.
“Ito po, para sa akin, ay tagumpay hindi lamang sa akin kundi sa ating kababayan.
“Karapatan nilang mamili at higit sa lahat mga batang nadampot at natagpuan sa ating bansa.”
In a text message sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Poe's spokesman Mayor Rex Gatchalian was equally ecstatic over the news about Supreme Court's ruling on the senator's disqualification cases.