by Kyla Camille, |

Round number one goes to Sen. Grace Poe.

This is after the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) effectively upheld the Filipino citizenship of presidential front-runner Senator Grace Poe in its 5-to-1 decision over the David case.

Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo welcomed the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) junking the disqualification case filed against Sen. Grace Poe questioning her citizenship.

A Victory for All Filipino Foundlings and OFWs is how Congressman Roman Romulo described the decision made by the Senate Electoral Tribunal upholding the eligibility of Senator Grace Poe to run for the Presidency.

Romulo said that, the favorable decision of the SET is really more of a victory for all Filipino foundlings today and hereafter as well as all OFWs, because the SET has reaffirmed their birthright as natural born Filipinos and thus their right to dream of being elected to any elective office including the highest in the land.

Romulo, who was with Poe on a campus tour in Calamba, Laguna, was one of the first to know of the SET’s close 5-4 decision. The Liberal Party lawmaker is one of the 12 candidates in Poe’s Galing at Talino senatorial ticket.

The five senators who voted to reject the contention that Poe is not a a natural-born Filipino were Senators Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and Tito Sotto.

The Tribunal is composed of 3 Supreme Court justices, and 6 senators. Those who voted against Senator Grace Poe were Justices Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Arturo Brion, and Senator Nancy Binay.

 “We are confident that the rest of the disqualification cases filed against Sen. Poe will also be dismissed,” he said. “Indeed, the SET decision is a clear message that the issues against Poe are political issues and are best decided by the sovereign Filipino people themselves via the ballot. The decision sets the tone for the resolution of the other political cases against Poe in the Comelec and the Supreme Court.”