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Duterte faces new disqualification case as Duterte-Marcos named new ‘AlDuB’

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DAVAO CITY ― Labor groups and people supportive of the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. have repackaged the tandem as “Team AlDuB”.


A take from the phenomenal noontime show love team between Alden Richards and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza, popularly known as “AlDub”, the political “AlDuB” refers to Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong.
Bongbong is Marcos’ nickname.


Duterte's certificate of candidacy as a substitute candidate for President of PDP-Laban was recently accepted by the Commission on Elections, but presidential aspirant Rizalito David who has been declared a nuisance candidate by Comelec, filed a petition asking the poll body to drop Duterte as a candidate for having a defective CoC. It was David who filed petitions seeking to disqualify Sen. Grace Poe before the Comelec and the Supreme Court. A DQ case first filed by a broadcaster against Duterte.


 This developed as presidential aspirant Manuel Roxas II challenged Duterte to a debate which Duterte accepted provided he gets out of the bottom of the survey and makes it to at least number two. 


Duterte topped a recent pre-election Pulse Asia survey, dislodging Sen. Grace Poe. but in another survey by Laylo Research, the neophyte senator was the top candidate.


The AlDuB campaign for Duterte-Bongbong expectedly could irk Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who is Duterte’s official running mate.


Marcos, son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, is running for Vice President as an independent and is in tandem with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.



In a nine-page petition, David asked the Comelec to declare the local chief executive’s substitution for Martin Dino as the presidential candidate of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) as null and void, and to cancel his CoC.


“It is crystal clear that Duterte’s CoC for President was filed beyond the deadline, which was October 16, 2015. Hence, it is not a valid CoC seasonably filed,” he said.


David added, “It is respectfully prayed of the Honorable Commission to grant due course to this petition and to declare the substitution of Martin Dino by Rodrigo Duterte for President as null and void, as well as order the cancellation of Duterte’s CoC for not having been validly and seasonably filed.”


He noted that the respondent’s CoC was not filed on time as the deadline for filing of the CoC was conducted two months ago.


“Incidentally, Duterte did not file his CoC for President on the dates set. What he filed was a CoC for City Mayor of Davao,” the petition said.


 David questioned several “legal breaches” committed both by Duterte and Dino in the course of the latter’s CoC filing, eventual withdrawal, and the mayor’s substitution.


“Another reason why Duterte’s CoC could not be considered as having been validly filed is that Dino’s withdrawal of his CoC was in circumvention of the Comelec Rules of Procedure, as amended by Resolution No. 9523, and therefore contrary to public policy. That being so, he could not be substituted, much less by Duterte,” he said.


On Nov. 27, the PDP-Laban’s standard-bearer filed his CoC for president as substitute for Dino, the same day he withdrew his CoC for mayor.


Under existing Comelec rules, substitution for candidates who withdrew his/her CoC may still be filed until Dec. 10.


Earlier, the Comelec en banc approved the substitution of Duterte for Dino as the presidential candidate of the PDP-Laban. 


There is a pending disqualification case filed by broadcaster Ruben Castor against Duterte and Dino before the Comelec's First Division.

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