Kahit sinagot na ni Senator Grace Poe ang mga kuwestiyon tungkol sa kanyang residency sa Pilipinas, may mga personalidad pa ring nais magbigay ng payo sa senador.
Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president Toby Tiangco na kung sakaling tatakbo si Senator Poe sa pagka-pangulo sa darating na 2016, makukuwestiyon ang residency nito sa bansa.
Hindi raw kasi ito pasok sa nakasaad sa ating Saligang Batas na sampung taong paninirahan sa Pilipinas ng mga nagnanais na maging presidente ng bansa.
Pero ayon kay Senator Poe, “'Di ako abogado, pero ako po ay tapat at truthful, at kung bibilangin mo talaga ang oras na nandito ako sa Pilipinas, lagpas pa nga po sa requirement.
“Kaya para po sabihin nila na kulang, marami po kaming magpapatunay na sobra pa nga at maraming magpapatunay diyan.”
“OBEY THIS COUNTRY'S LAWS.” June 4, nag-post sa kanyang Facebook account si Attorney Raymond Fortun ng open letter para kay Senator Poe.
Sa kanyang post, inihayag muna niya ang kanyang paghanga sa mambabatas.
Pero kalaunan, tinuligsa na niya ang nakasaad sa residency ni Senator Poe sa Pilipinas noong nag-file siya ng kanyang Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) last 2013 Senatorial Elections.
Narito ang kabuuan ng open letter ni Atty. Fortun:
“I like you, Sen. Grace Poe. I really do. And the more that you are being hit by your detractor and his ill-tempered cohorts, the more that I hate THEM. But...
“You DID state UNDER OATH that your residency in the Philippines as of May 13, 2013 was 6 years, 6 months.
“I as a lawyer will hold you to that oath. You KNEW or OUGHT TO HAVE KNOWN the implications of that declaration.
“That you are now trying to wiggle your way out of that declaration under oath somehow tarnishes you in my eyes because THE LEAST that I expect from you is HONESTY. Are you singing a different tune now because you are becoming a traditional politician who we should detest?
“Please don’t get drunk with a lust for power. Please do not listen to those who say that you are popular because they have their own agendas.
“There is a reason why the Constitution requires a 10-year residency for a presidential candidate—at the least, it is to guarantee that a candidate knows what ills this country, and has a love for it enough to desire to be a catalyst for change.
“If you really placed "6 years, 6 months" as of May 13, 2013, please show a love for your chosen (?) country by conceding that point and FOLLOW and OBEY this country's laws.
“Otherwise, we cannot expect that you would follow those same laws IF you become president.
“Wishing that our Lord will grant you the wisdom to do what is good for our country.”