It’s final: SC allows Grace Poe to run for president

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – It’s final: Independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe can run for president.

The Supreme Court announced on Saturday (April 9) it has “denied with finality” all motions for reconsideration filed by five respondents against its March 8 decision that allowed Poe to run.

“No further pleadings or motions will be entertained,” the SC said in an en banc resolution issued Tuesday (April 5).

The high court said no substantial arguments were presented to reverse its earlier decision.

On March 8, SC reversed the Commission on Elections (Comelec)’s ruling that cancelled Poe's certificate of candidacy over citizenship and residency issues.

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In SC’s final decision, the same nine SC justices voted in favor of Poe’s candidacy:

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Associate Justice Presbiterio Velasco

Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta

Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin

Associate Justice Jose Perez

Associate Justice Jose Mendoza

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza

Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa

Related: SC: Poe natural born, meets 10-year residency needed for presidential bets

Six voted against:

Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro

Associate Justice Arturo Brion

Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo

Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe

Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes

The Supreme Court (SC) in a 9-6 vote on March 8 has ruled in favor of Sen. Grace Poe, allowing her to run for president in the May elections.

Of the 15 justices, three refused to rule on Poe’s citizenship. They are Peralta, Del Castillo and Caguioa.

Related: Binay hits Poe on citizenship

The motions were filed by Atty. Estrella Elamparo, former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez, former Sen. Francisco “Kit” Tatad, Prof. Antonio Contreras and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Watch: Private respondents to appeal Poe's disqualification

Chief Justice Sereno slams 'noisy minority' justices

There were eight separate opinions – something even Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno described as “very rare.”

In her strongly-worded opinion, Sereno said had the decision been reversed – the court would have authorized the Comelec to continue to play politics.

She also called those justices who voted against the majority decision, a “noisy minority.”

Sereno added it is offensive to the majority’s pride of place that some justices are trying to belittle the decision by saying only seven and not eight declared Poe is a natural-born Filipino.

Her response to them: Seven is a majority in a group of 12 – it’s time to accept this reality.

But Carpio maintained his position that Poe is not a natural-born Filipino.

He again pointed out there’s no ruling by a majority on the citizenship status of Poe and there should be eight justices to get a majority vote.

Related: The dissent: Supreme court associate justice calls Poe a ‘nuisance candidate’

CNN Philippines’ Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.