Poe: I am qualified to run in 2016

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Grace Poe answered head-on allegations that she cannot run for office in the 2016 elections due to lack of residency.

At the Senate on Wednesday (June 3), she made it clear that she has nothing to hide as she dismisses tthe claims over opposition party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

UNA interim president and Navotas City Rep. Toby Tiangco said that in her 2013 Certificate of Candidacy for senator, Poe declared that she has been a Filipino resident for six years and six months before the polls that year.

According to Article 7, Section 2 of the Constitution, a qualified candidate for president or vice president must be a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years by the next presidential elections.

But Poe insists she was already in the Philippines since February 2005.

This report aired over CNN Philippines' Network News on June 3, 2015.

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