ANOTHER disqualification case was fi led Monday against presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe at the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad, in his 218-page petition, said Poe should be perpetually banned from holding public offi ce because she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen. She also failed to meet the 10- year residency requirement for a presidential candidate. Tatad, through counsel Manuelito Luna, cited Rule 25 of the Comelec Rules of Procedure which states that “any candidate who does not possess all the qualifi cations of a candidate as provided for the Constitution or by existing law or who commits any act declared by law to be grounds for disqualifi cation may be disqualifi ed from continuing as a candidate.” The fi rst disqualifi cation complaint against Poe was fi led by Estrella Elamparo on October 16, 2015. In his petition, Tatad cited provisions of the 1935, 1973 and 1987 Constitutions and other related laws which establish that Poe is not a natural-born citizen based on her status as a foundling. “One seeking the Presidency should be constitutionally qualifi ed, and there are no ifs and buts in this. Being not natural- born Filipino citizen and for failing to meet the minimum residency qualifi cation, respondent should be disqualifi ed from running for President, lest the Commission will countenance a grievous violation of the fundamental law,” he said. On Poe’s lack of residency, Tatad cited the Certifi cate of Candidacy that the senator fi led in 2013 wherein she declared that before the May 13, 2013 elections, she has been staying in the Philippines “6 years and 6 months.” “Adding this period to the period between May 13, 2013 and election day (second Monday of May 2016), the total would be 9 years, 5 months and several days, shy of the minimum 10 years,” he pointed out.