The Presidential campaign of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte went up another notch as Digong got the nod of the poll regulatory body to substitute as candidate for the county’s Chief Executive position. National elections will be held on May 2016.
Mayor Duterte did not file to run for President up to the expiration of the October 16, 2015 last day for filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC). The next hurdle for Mayor Duterte would be to fight a DISQUALIFICATION case which is basically about the same issue of SUBSTITUTION with the complainant stating that Martin Dino (the Barangay captain that Duterte is supposed to replace) committed an error since the position he filed for is for Mayor of Pasay City (Dino is a registered voter of Quezon City) and not for President of the Republic of the Philippines.
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Comelec accepts Duterte’s COC
MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday announced that it has accepted the certificate of candidacy of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
In a press briefing, Comelec chairman Andres Bautista said the Comelec’s full bench (en banc), voting 6-1, ”resolved to acknowledge and accept the COC for president of Rodrigo Duterte, being a ministerial function of the commission.”
Bautista clarified that the resolution ”is entirely without prejudice to the pending disqualification case” filed by broadcaster Ruben Castor.
Castor earlier petitioned the Comelec to nullify Diño’s COC and render Duterte’s substitution for the latter invalid.
Castor argued that Duterte cannot substitute for Diño, PDP-Laban’s erstwhile presidential bet, because he wrote in his COC for president that he is running for the position of Pasay City mayor.
The Comelec’s first division is set to conduct a hearing on Castor’s petition tomorrow, December 18.