By Raïssa Robles
There are a number of people who would be interested in seeing Senator Grace Poe disqualified from the presidential race.
But there is one person who must be looking with intense fascination over this latest twist : former Senator Richard Gordon who placed 13th in the 2013 senatorial race that Poe had topped.
If it is ruled that she did not fulfill the two-year residency requirement to run for senator, then Gordon joins the Senate!
It may just be a happy coincidence for Gordon that Rizalito David, who recently filed the case to have her Senate victory annulled, belongs to the Ang Kapatiran Party. Kapatiran’s presidential candidate in 2010 was JC de los Reyes, nephew of former Senator Gordon. JC de los Reyes’ mom and Gordon are siblings.
I’m not saying at all that Gordon is behind this move to have Poe’s Senate victory rendered moot and academic. All I’m saying is that he is a natural interested party in this issue.
How Senator Poe handles this issue will show what stuff she is made of. For her camp to brand this plain and simple harassment is not doing her much good because the public is also eager to know the truth.
UPDATE: as of 11:16 AM, August 18, 2015 – I was just asked on Twitter why these disqualification cases were coming out only now, when Senator Poe was flying high. I replied, because no one knew much about Sen. Grace Poe’s status. There was presumption of regularity.