The biggest political development for the next few days should be the rejection of Poe’s “natural citizenship” status by the incontrovertible proof that she and her lawyers provided – the DNA test of a daughter of Edgardo Militar, Imelda Militar Hofileña which failed to show a match with Grace Poe’s DNA.
the Inquirer’s Internet (which can be updated anytime) edition’s front page
still did not have this among its headline news or any part of its visible
front page up to this time as I write this flash commentary on the news that
had appeared as headline already in ABS-CBN and surprisingly, since it is
published just he night before, the Daily Tribune.
Militar Hofileña was not the only individual they tried to get a DNA match from
to establish a blood link to any “natural born Filipino” parent. Unfortunate
for Poe supporters Grace used the plural when reporting the results of the
tests, “… aaminin ko sa inyo yung aming mga
nakuha na ay di po nagtugma ang aming DNA," so this rules out the other
DNA test. For those not familiar with Pilipino, Poe said, “… I will admit that
the tests we took did not match our
DNA.” So what is the Poe legal team banking on to prove “natural born
Poe added, “Be that as it may, I am not losing hope, nor strength of resolve in
this, because our legal basis does not stand on the DNA proof alone. This
stands on the right of children born in this country of our’s. ("Gayunpaman,
hindi naman ako nawawalan din ng loob, lakas ng loob dito, sapagkat ang aming
tinatayunan na legal na basehan ay hindi lang naman sa DNA nakasalalay.
Nakasalalay po ito sa karapatan ng mga bata bilang mga ipinanganak dito sa ating
is denying Grace Poe’s Filipino citizenship, just her claim to being a natural
born citizen to comply with the basic requirement of the Philippine
Constitution in running for and holding national elective office. We can
understand how Grace Poe continues to find legal loopholes by which she can
delay and/or overcome her disqualification but there is no excuse for the
Philippine Daily Inquirer to shut out news of Poe’s “de-Militarized” and
de-naturalized status and cheat its daily readers of the complete story.