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Palace unperturbed by Chief Justice’s defense of foundlings

Malacañang is unperturbed by the strong defense of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno of the rights of foundlings that appeared in support of Sen. Grace Poe amid the disqualification case pending before the Supreme Court.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said they prefer to wait for the final decision of the Supreme Court on the case questioning the citizenship of Poe.

“It is best that we wait for the Supreme Court en banc decision on the DQ case and not rely on the opinion of a single individual,” Lacierda said.

Sereno earlier warned of dire implications on the rights of all foundlings if the Supreme Court prevents Poe from seeking the presidency for not being a natural-born Filipino.

Sereno, at the oral arguments on the Commission on Elections’ disqualification of Poe from the May presidential polls, said a foundling may not be able to becoming a high ranking public servant and get professional licenses, among others, if Poe were disqualified.

When recently asked about Poe’s disqualification case, President Aquino has openly admitted Poe should be allowed to run for president and let the people decide her fate.

The President has endorsed Poe’s rival, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II, as his preferred successor. Aquino previously invited Poe to run under the administration ticket but the senator refused.