DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will personally file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for President today (Tuesday) under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, party president Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said.
Although the mayor already filed his COC on November 27, through a representative, Pimentel explained that the move is to make sure that there will be no questions that will be raised on Duterte’s candidacy.
The Comelec has set December 10 as the deadline for substitution of candidates.
Pimentel said Duterte will be signing documents that he failed to sign when his representatives filed his COC on his behalf.
“We just have to overdo the process to make sure that his rivals will not anymore raise questions regarding his COC,” he told reporters
The PDP-Laban president said he was the one who advised the mayor to undergo the process so that those planning to question his COC will not do so anymore.
“So I don’t anticipate any problems anymore,” he added.
A disqualification case against Duterte will no longer be an issue since the Comelec in its latest decision found nothing wrong with the candidacy of Martin Diño, the original standard- bearer of the PDP-Laban who withdrew his candidacy to give way to Duterte.
“The substitution is now 100 percent smooth, 100 percent valid, 100 percent legal, so were going to prepare to fight,” Pimentel said.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, an independent candidate for Vice President, also on Monday downplayed results of a recent Social Weather Stations survey showing Duterte has taken the lead in presidential preference.
Trillanes said release of the results was just a propaganda from Duterte’s camp.
“This is just propaganda from the Duterte-Cayetano camp. The survey was rigged. I say this as you can see that in the questionnaire used, they really dished out Mayor Duterte’s name,” he added in Filipino.
“Look at this question. It’s very obvious. You don’t state that… It’s violative. Those who are well-versed in qualitative research, [they won’t allow that].”
The SWS survey titled “Project ROD 11-15,” showed Duterte in first place with 38 percent.
Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe tied in second place with 21 percent, followed by administration bet Manuel Roxas 2nd and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago with 15 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
Senator Francis Escudero, Poe’s running mate, still leads the preferences for Vice President with 30 percent. He was followed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (24 percent), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with (21 percent), Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo (12 percent) and Sen. Gregorio Honasan (6 percent).
Trillanes was last in the ranking with 5 percent.
The survey was conducted from November 26 to 28 among 1,200 respondents.
The SWS poll was commissioned by businessman William J. Lima, believed to be Duterte’s friend.
SWS Director Leo Laroza admitted that the question asked in the survey was “not the usual question, that’s for sure.”
“This is a commissioned survey, this is different from what the SWS would field,” he said in television news report.
Laroza added that the “ideal scenario” would have been for the SWS to use a list of presidential candidates from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in its surveys.
Jay Sandoval, also a director of the SWS, said sponsors, however, could not influence the outcome of the survey.
“Here at the SWS, especially in commissioned surveys, I’d say the sponsors don’t have a hand on what would come out,” he added in Filipino.
“Whatever numbers come out when we process the recorded interviews, that would come out in the final results, regardless whoever sponsors the survey,” Sandoval said.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple noted that mentioning Duterte’s name in the question may have an impact on the respondents’ answer.
But he said the survey results do not mean that they point to a trend that will hold until next year’s elections.
Casiple cautioned the public about survey results as these could be used by candidates as campaign tools.
Trillanes said the SWS survey was conducted before Duterte’s profanity-laced proclamation speech last November 30, which was aired on national TV.
In his speech, which lasted for more than an hour, the mayor did not shy away from his usual tough talk, peppering obscenities into an address where he boasted of killing kidnappers and cursing Pope Francis for traffic brought by road closures for the January papal visit.
“The survey was made before Mayor Duterte’s speech, which disappointed a lot of people because of his pronouncements. We have to factor that in,” Trillanes said.
with IZA IGLESIAS