Duterte doesn't want rivals disqualified

Subscribe Now February 12, 2013 at 08:58am

If Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte would have his way, he want all his challengers for the mayoral post in the May 13 elections run instead of being disqualified. "Ang ako to gusto ko naa sila kay demokrasya man ni (I want them included in the race since this is democracy)," Vice Mayor Duterte said in the sidelines of the Davao City Chinatown celebration for Chinese New Year.

Duterte was referring to five other bets for mayor whom the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Davao had recommended for disqualification being nuisance candidates.

The recommendation was made after a clarificatory hearing last January 11 where the five aspirants were invited to answer questions. They are Rodrigo P. Buezon, Teodoro Peña Mantilla, Magdaleno S. Marcellones, Rolly T. Solis and Rodrigo J. Sulamin.

Based on the Comelec's official website, which was last updated on January 31, Duterte is the lone candidate running as Davao City mayor.

Though this was not confirmed by the Comelec regional lawyer Danilo Cullo, he pointed out the website for the possibility of disqualifying the other candidates.

"I'm never after it (disqualification against five others), actually. Just to set the records straight, I never asked for the disqualification of any other candidate. I am sorry. It is the Comelec's decision," the vice mayor said.

Lawyer Aimee F. Ampoloquio, Comelec-Davao City first district election officer, said that on January 11, a clarificatory hearing was conducted purposely for possible nuisance candidates.

She said they have based on their "demeanor and actions," citing instances where they answered vaguely to television interviews about their platforms.

However, Duterte said he hopes the other five candidates would still support his candidacy, as well as the other members of Hugpong, albeit their disqualification.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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