DQ cases turn off Poe, Duterte supporters


The disqualification cases filed against former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe have turned off potential supporters for their presidential bids,
Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, a nephew of Duterte, said.

“If the situation does not change and the disqualification cases against Mayor Rody remain pending in the Comelec (Commission on Elections), then we cannot expect the numbers to change for the better. We are aware that there are supporters who like to come out, but are afraid all would be for naught if Mayor Duterte is disqualified,” Nograles said.

“The same is true with the case of Senator Poe,” he added.

Several disqualification cases were filed against Duterte at the Comelec. All petitions question the validity of the former mayor’s substitution for Martin Diño who petitioners claimed is running for mayor of Pasay City.

Poe is also facing several disqualification cases at the Comelec and Supreme Court. She was earlier disqualified by the poll body for not being a natural-born Filipino and for failing to meet the residency requirement set by law for presidential candidates.

In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, Vice President Jejomar Binay edged out his contenders, leaving Poe on second place. Duterte was ranked fourth.

“That is why we are calling on the Comelec to speed up the dismissal of disqualification cases against Mayor Rody. They should not fear his candidacy. In any case, we are thankful to those who continue to support Mayor Rody. We call on them to keep that trust that change is coming,” Nograles said.

Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, who is running for senator under Poe’s Galing at Puso ticket, also blamed the Comelec disqualification cases for the dip in Poe’s ratings.

“The disinformation and confusion were brought about by the disqualification cases. We need to step up our information drive that Senator Grace is a candidate and the people can vote for her,” Romulo said.

In the SWS January 2016 survey, Poe’s rating went down to 24 percent, two points behind Binay’s 26 percent.

The High Court has scheduled oral arguments on Poe’s case for January 19,2016.
Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, also a Senate bet of Poe, said the disqualification cases had confused the public.

“Some people are just mistaken that the Comelec disqualification is permanent. That is not accurate and her newest ad clarifies her candidacy,” Gatchalian said.

But the administration camp attributed Binay’s rise in the presidential survey to premature campaigning and splurging on advertisements.

“The results are not surprising. Once Binay occupied his post as Vice President, he has been campaigning to be the next President. And just last month, he spent P700 million for his advertisements and yet, he is yet to tell us where all these money came from,” Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez of Akbayan party-list said.


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  1. If you vote Binay for President, then, you are not aware of what is going on. Our future, the life of your grandsons and granddaughters depend on your votes. If you vote someone like him who even kept on avoiding allegations against him, then, you must be out of your mind. Think about it. Do not let yourself be brainwashed by his NOGNOG advertisements. I watched his advertisement’s in TV and I told myself, “If this man wins this coming election, then I will surely believed what foreigners are saying that Filipinos are stubborn individuals.” This 2016 election will determined what kind of people we are. If you vote this person who is hiding something, you’re a joke.

  2. Luis Villareal on

    Poe cannot be disqualified from this race. She’s qualified to run, she’s been here in the Philippines for more than years and exactly 10 years and 11 months on the day of the election. Poe’s intention to return here can be dated way back June of 2004 when she returned to the Philippines and enrolled her children here. Residency must be counted when her intention was to stay here in the country. The Supreme Court said that “in order to acquire a new domicile by choice, there must concur: 1) residence or bodily presence in the new locality, 2) an intention to remain there, and 3) an intention to abandon the old domicile…” It is evident today that Grace Poe’s been residing here in the country. She already abandoned her old domicile by that time.

  3. suggestion lang.. on

    why not try Miriam Santiago. Why base sa itatagal ng kanyang buhay, only God knows how long we are going to live ,ang dapat nating piliing maging Presidente eh ung may alam sa batas, yung me karanasan, me pinagaralan, un kayang ipaglaban ang Pilipinas sa larangan ng batas. Dapat nga mgkaroon ng qualification required para sa pagiging Pangulo.Mga kababayan gising na , panahon na para magisip tau ,hindi un sumasabay lang sa agos, kung sino sikat iboboto kahit walang alam sa larangan ng pulitika kaya ang bansa natin lalong lumulubog, ang daming bansa na sa Asia ang naungusan tayo, imbes na lumago ang atin bansa bulsa ng mga walang alam na pultiko ang lumalago,.

    • Si Miriam malamang ang second option kapag na DQ si Duterte. Sya naman talaga ang gusto ko bago pa kumandidato si Duterte.

  4. Maria Gatchalian on

    By dint of prevailing jurisprudence, Poe is already deemed a natural-born citizen of the Philippines. This is not based on a mere “likelihood” or speculation but on a settled “law of the land.” The 2001 en banc case of Bengzon vs. HRET has made this abundantly clear: If a citizen has never since birth undergone naturalization proceedings under any existing law, he/she is deemed “necessarily” a natural-born citizen.

  5. No matter how much her detractors try to ruin her image and reputation, Senator Grace Poe’s supporters remain confident in her. She has genuine concern for the welfare of the Filipino people, especially the less fortunate, the oppressed, the marginalized, and what the country needs now is a President who will listen to the plight of the people.

  6. Francheska Ramos on

    Senator Grace Poe is more than qualified and the Supreme Court decision will deinitely go in her favor. She is a natural-born Filipino and she meets the 10-year residency requirement, and ultimately, she’s a candidate with a genuine heart to serve the Filipino people.

  7. nakakabilib talaga ang leader na katulad mo mayor duterte, lahat ginagawa para makatulong sa kapwa at mapadali ang pamumuhay ng bawat mamamayan sa bansa. isulong ang pagbabago ngayon 2016. Duterte for president with Sen cayetano

  8. laban lang po mayor Duterte ulit ulit lang naman yan na mga binabato saiyo ehh kya hindi yan magwawagi.

  9. Tawagin nyo na kami ng kahit ano pero hindi na magbabago ang isip namin dahil si mayor at sen alan lang ang gusto naming mamuno sa ating bansa

  10. Alexandria Cuevas on

    Dyan lang kayo magaling eh yung manira ng iba para magkaroon lang kayo ng kapangyarihan. Wala na kayong magagawa dahil si mayor lang ang pinagkakatiwalaan namin

  11. Sonny Alejandro on

    Bakit kaya ganyan kayo? Hindi ba kayo nasasawa?Walang kwenta ang pinaggagawa nyo eh si mayor parin ang susuportahan namin

  12. Pilit nyo talagang pinapabagsak si mayor pero wala parin yan patutunguhan dahil kulang kayo sa rason!!!

  13. Kelan ba kayo titigil? Lahat ng DQ cases ay hindi naman talaga dapat pang pagaksayahan ng panahon

  14. madidismiss po yang dq cases kay digong. tiwala lang tayo madlang tao. sama sama tayong magdasal na madismiss na yang kaso laban kay digong. kayo po talaga duterte-cayetano ang kailangan namin. para sa tunay na pagbabago..

  15. Carlos de Castro on

    There’no one to blame for the people having problem now in trying to become the leader. Mr. Duterte really wanted to be, but he dily-daly until the last minuite to file and the girl LLamanzares really just saw the survey that she’s leading suddenly wants to be powerful, after a big surprised of lrading a senate election. She dreamed of a much powerful position. We do not know if the survey mention the name of FPJ as the candidate. Mr. Binay leading in the survey? I do not know where they took the survey. Only in places where there is no radio, tv or newspaper can Binay survive. Every FILIPINO I ask here in the USA is saying , anybody but BInay, they will even vote for Amay Visaya than Binay.FILIPINOS WAKE UP, let us show this people that we really care. Hindi tayo teleserye.

  16. ang problema sa kampo ni grace poe d nila naiintindihan ang batas. anong disinformation at confusion? maliwanag na ang kampo niyo ang nagcoconfuse at nagdidisinformation sa mga tao. pero d kami ang tanga. kayo!!