• Will Duterte sub for Señeres?

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    Citing social ties that bind them, a party-list lawmaker on Wednesday claimed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has another way to sneak into next year’s presidential race–by substituting for his fraternity brother and law school upperclassman, Roy Señeres.

    “Substituting for Señeres is more legally ideal because the certificate of candidacy that
    [Martin] Diño filed is problematic. They [Duterte and Señeres] are fraternity brothers. Even if they are not partymates, Congressman Seneres’ party can adopt a non-member who can substitute him,” 1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello 3rd said.

    Bello, a former Justice secretary, weighed in on the legality of Duterte’s plan to become a substitute standard-bearer of PDP-Laban after its original bet, Diño, withdrew his COC.
    Diño’s COC was also questioned for purportedly having indicated that he’s running for mayor of Pasay City.

    Diño, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and a former barangay captain of Quezon City, filed his certificate of candidacy as a candidate of PDP-Laban at the last minute after the party’s choice, Duterte, failed to show up at the Comelec on the last day of filing of COC last October 16.

    The immediate past chairman of the Comelec, Sixto Brillantes Jr., and election law expert Romulo Macalintal earlier gave contrasting views whether the substitution provisions under the Omnibus Election Code would allow Duterte to take Diño’s place as a presidential candidate.

    Bello said Duterte and Señeres were graduates of San Beda College and belong to the same fraternity–the Lex Talionis Fraternitas. They also come from Mindanao. Señeres grew up in Davao City and Butuan City.

    Señeres, the country’s former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and an incumbent party-list congressman who was among those who filed a COC for President, immediately shot down Bello’s idea.

    “No truth to the rumor I’m giving in to my brod, Mayor Duterte. We have major policy differences,” he told The Manila Times.

    Señeres said he is clearly at odds with Duterte mainly on two things: status of Sen. Grace Poe’s citizenship and Duterte’s stance on killing criminals.

    “In the case of Senator Poe, I believe all doubts about her citizenship should be resolved in her favor. Besides, I am pro-life. The mayor is pro-death,” he added.

    Duterte has taken a jab at Poe, arguing that the senator’s ascent to Malacañang is as good as having an American President because Poe once acquired American citizenship.

    Instead of throwing support behind his fraternity brother, Señeres called on Duterte to drop his presidential dream and sought the Davao City mayor’s support.

    “I will ask [Brother] Rudy to defer to my candidacy. After all, I am the founding chairman of our fraternity, which I founded in 1969 together with Supreme Court Justices Bienvenido Reyes and Jose Mendoza and Sandiganbayan Justice Rody Ponferrada,” he said.

    “He can support my candidacy since I am also for federalism and a Mindanaoan. I was only four months old when our family migrated to Mindanao, I am still a resident of Butuan City until now,” Señeres added.

    Up to Comelec
    Malacañang on Wednesday said it is only the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that could decide whether Duterte can still join the presidential race.

    “The issue of a substitute candidate is a matter entirely left to the Comelec, a constitutional commission which exercises its jurisdiction independent from the executive branch,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a text message.

    With CATHERINE. S. VALENTE

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    5 Comments

    1. Sixto Brillantes a former Comelec Chairman had spoken Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is more than qualified to run for a president as a substitute candidate of Dino, who cannot be declared a nuisance candidate because he has withdrawn his candidacy in favor of Duterte before Comelec can act on declaring him a nuisance candidate. It’s moot & academic PDP Laban can now endorse Duterte to file his COC

    2. Who is Duterte? Polls are showing he is leading in NCR. Are the Pilipinos matured enough to select the right candidate? For Duterte, the number one problem of the Philippines is criminality. I guess he is right . Look at the riding in tandem assassins. Police is having a hard time catching them. Corruption in our government , unabated billions stolen in pdap dap. Customs rampant smuggling, what changes did Pinoy did? NOTHING. Stupid slogan Kung wala ng corrupt wala ng mahirap.

    3. I say killing or murdering criminals, corrupt politicians is not wrong. Annihilating them is justified. I would rather make Hell full of dead criminals and corrupt people. The world would be better.

    4. apolonio reyes on

      Ngayon si Duterte na ang involved, at di gaya ng kaso ni Grace Poe Llamanzares disqualification ( DQ ) sa SET na sinuporthan ni Pnoy at Bam Aquino, ay lalabanan at gagawin lahat ng Malacanang para hindi makatakbo sa pagka pangulo si Duterte lalo na ngayon lumabas sa False Asia survey na # 1 si Duterte, # 2 POE, # 3 Binay at # 4 si ROXAS sa Metro Manila. Poe at Roxas ay mukhang manok ni Pnoy?
      Lalampasuhin ni DUTERTE sila Poe, Binay at Roxas sa Visayas at Mindanao.

    5. Scented Candle on

      We need the assurance of Duterte’s filing to know there’s no problem in it upon knowing Dino’s substitution. I hope this is not an issue for backing off in the presidential race. I pray for this and I still hope for the continuity until seeing by my naked eyes the FORM of his withdrawal in the Mayoral and he already prepares in the presidency…whatever hindrances, it can properly arrange in order for us to pursue the campaign we are doing for him…

      The second stage is the goal of winning after the selection stage. Good luck to my candidates bet Duterte-Cayetano 2016 :-)