The Philippine Commission on Elections OK’s candidacy of Duterte. This after the Comelec First Division unanimously denied the four disqualification cases filed against presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for lack of merit.
Dismissed petitions include one filed by Ruben H. Castor. The Petition to Deny Due Course and/or Cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of Rodrigo R. Duterte filed by John Paulo G. Delas Nieves for their failure to appear during the preliminary conference of their respective cases.
Also dismissed was the verified petition to declare Rodrigo R. Duterte a nuisance CoC applicant filed by Elly V. Pamatong and the petition filed by Rizalito Y. David, for lack of merit.
The 50-page rendering of the resoltuion noted that Rizalito Dino had filed a valid Certificate of Candidacy for President, which means that Duterte had also filed a valid CoC for President as the substitute being both members of the PDP-Laban.
The resolution dated February 3 said that the Commission First Division finds no material misrepresentations in Duterte’s CoC for President, it is valid and gives rise to a valid candidacy.
The ruling also pointed that petitioner Elly Pamatong had failed to present any evidence that will prove his claim that Duterte should be declared as a nuisance candidate.
Commissioner Christian Robert Lim heads the Division with Commissioners Luie Guia and Rowena Guanzon as members.