SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday admitted that pending disqualification cases filed against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is affecting the latter’s candidacy particularly in getting full support of local officials.
Cayetano, the chosen running mate of Duterte, said some local officials are having second thoughts in giving their full support to the Davao City mayor because of supposed uncertainties brought by the disqualification cases he is facing.
Duterte, the standard-bearer of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), is facing four disqualification cases at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) filed separately by Ruben Castor, radioman Rizalito David, University of the Philippines student JP Delas Nievas and perennial presidential aspirant and a self-proclaimed general of the US Armed Forces in the Far East Ely Pamatong.
The petitioners are asking the validity of Duterte’s substitution of Martin Dino, who recently withdrew his certificate of candidacy as PDP-Laban’s standard-bearer because the latter’s COC is for mayor of Pasay City (Metro Manila), not for President of the Philippines.
They want the poll body to cancel the COC of Duterte and declare his substitution of Diño as null and void.
“It will be hypocrisy if we will say that we are not talking about [the disqualification case]or if people are not asking about [them]. It affects our candidacy on the local level,” Cayetano admitted.
The senator said many local officials want to support Duterte’s candidacy but there are some who have been asking when the disqualification cases will be settled.
But Cayetano added that they are confident that the cases will not prosper and that the Comelec will allow Duterte to run, noting that the mayor’s cases are different from those of independent presidential candidate Grace Poe.
The Comelec on December 23 ruled to cancel Poe’s COC for her supposed failure to meet the 10-year residency and citizenship requirement for President.