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VIRAL: Lawyer criticizes SC's decision allowing Grace Poe to run for president


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MANILA, Philippines - A lawyer and professor at San Beda College has aired his sentiments on the recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC) allowing Sen. Grace Poe to run for president in the upcoming May 2016 elections.

Sen. Grace Poe for president
The Supreme Court has rejected petitions questioning Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy.
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Grace Poe
In the landmark ruling released on Tuesday, March 9, the SC has decided to reverse the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify Poe as presidential candidate. Among the justices who voted in favor of Poe were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Benjamin Caguioa, Francis Jardeleza, Marvic Leonen, Jose Mendoza, Jose Perez, Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta and Presbitero Velasco Jr.

In a video posted on his Facebook account, Atty. Bruce V. Rivera raised several points as to why he disagrees with the SC’s decision. The video has quickly gone viral amassing more than 17,000 shares and over 16,000 likes as of press time.

In the caption of the video, he wrote: “As a lawyer, I can criticize the Supreme Court without being disrespectful. And this is how I feel at this moment. Sorry po, I am emotional but I am just hurt. Just hurt.”

“Kung hahayaan naten na mamuno na at some point in her life ay tinalikuran niya ang maging isang Pilipino, yun po ay di ko matatanggap, yun po ay di ko kayang lunukin. Yun po ang ikinakasama ng loob ko sa ating Supreme Court ngayon dahil ginawa niyong basura yung pagiging Pilipino, ginawa niyong walang bisa o walang silbi ang maging isang Pilipino, manatiling maging isang Pilipino dahil mahal mo ang Pilipinas,” Rivera said.

(If we will allow someone to lead us, who at some point in her life gave up being a Filipino, that’s what I can’t accept. I have ill feelings towards the Supreme Court because they trashed the concept of being a Filipino, they made “being and remaining a Filipino because you love the Philippines” useless. )

Rivera clarified in his video that he is not against Filipinos who opt to become citizens of other countries particularly those looking for greener pastures.

“Ang kailangan nateng presidente ay hindi lang qualified sa kanyang gawa kundi qualified sa kanyang puso bilang Pilipino,” Rivera added.

(We need a president who is not only qualified for his accomplishments but also qualified for his heart as a Filipino.)

Watch the full video:


As a lawyer, I can criticize the Supreme Court without being disrespectful. And this is how I feel at this moment. Sorry po, I am emotional but I am just hurt. Just hurt. Bruce Villafuerte Rivera
Posted by Bruce V. Rivera on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

-Mini/The Summit Express

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