MANILA—The camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday hailed the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) junking one of the disqualification petitions.
Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said they were relieved to know that the Comelec is applying the rule of law correctly, and they hope that the Commissioners will maintain their stand with the other DQ cases still pending in their office.
“We hope that everyone can keep calm, cool and collected in the remaining months to come going towards Election Day, confident that Comelec as an institution will defend democracy and the voice of our people,” Nograles said in a statement.
The division has junked the petition filed by UP Diliman University Student Council (USC) chair John Paulo delas Nieves after he and his lawyer failed to appear in the preliminary conference on the case.
Nieves, in a 23-page petition, earlier questioned the validity of Duterte’s substitution for former Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) standard-bearer Martin Diño.
The petitioner cited the error in the certificate of candidacy of Diño which indicates that he is running for mayor of Pasay City, not president.
The Comelec First Division on Tuesday will hear the two remaining petitions against the presidential aspirant,
According to Nograles, “this is a welcome relief, given the damaging remarks, potshots and mudslinging being hurled against the good Commissioners and against their institution by some quarters in this electoral exercise.” (PNA)