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ALL GIGGLY OVER ‘DIGONG’ – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may wear a pensive look while showing his certificate of candidacy (COC) which he filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) head office in Intramuros yesterday, but his mere presence was enough to send these young students in a fit of cheers and joy like the presidential candidate was a famous rock star. Behind Duterte is his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. (John Jerome Ganzon/Camille Ante)

ALL GIGGLY OVER ‘DIGONG’ – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may wear a pensive look while showing his certificate of candidacy (COC) which he filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) head office in Intramuros. ( MB File -John Jerome Ganzon/Camille Ante)

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division has dismissed all petitions filed against presidential aspirant Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for lack of merit.

“We’d like to announce that the First Division has ruled that the punisher will live to die another day. The First Division has ruled to deny all petitions filed against Mayor Duterte,” Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said in a press briefing, Wednesday.

Petitioners Ruben Castor, nuisance presidential candidate Rizalito David, University of the Philippines (UP) Student Council Chairman John Paulo Delas Nieves, and lawyer Eli Pamatong all alleged that Duterte had no bona fide candidate to substitute since the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for President of Martn Dino is materially defective and is, therefore, invalid.

The Comelec en banc earlier ruled to accept the COC of Duterte to replace Dino but this is without prejudice to the pending disqualification cases against Duterte.

Lim, head of the First Division, said they dismissed the petitions filed by Castor and Nieves for their failure to attend the preliminary conference of their respective case and also for lack of merit.

He said the petitions of David and Pamatong were also dismissed by the Division for lack of merit.

In their February 3 decision, the Comelec First Division said it finds no material misrepresentations in respondent Duterte’s COC for President, “hence, it is valid and it gives rise to a valid candidacy.”

The 50-page resolution also pointed that Pamatong had failed to present any evidence that will prove his claim that Duterte should be declared as a nuisance candidate.

“He is still a candidate as we speak. We are now in the process of finalizing the list of candidates that why we took some time…we are just double checking, but we can say that there are six candidates for president and vice president,” he said.

“We are just double checking the decisions…I think we are on track to be able to start printing (the ballots) on February 8,” added Bautista.

Aside from Duterte, the five presidential candidates are Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago of the People’s Reform Party (PRP), Sen. Grace Poe (Independent), Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party (LP), and OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres of the Partido ng Mangagawa at Magsasaka Workers and Peasants Party (WPPPMM).

Poe still has a pending appeal before the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the twin decisions of the Comelec to disqualify her.

As this developed, thousands of Duterte supporters in this city were jubilant over the decision of the Comelec in dismissing the said cases against the presidential candidate.

Duterte spokesman Peter Tiu Lavina said: “Team Duterte is happy that the Comelec continues to dismiss the disqualification cases against the mayor saying as the mayor has stated in the past, he is confident that the filing of his CoC is proper, legal and can stand the test of cases against it.”

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente

  • Ellie Magsayo

    Para sa ikabubuti nang Pilipinas, Duterte and cayetano na tayo. Sila lang ang nakikita kong swak sa posisyon na maging Presidente at Bise- Presidente