Aguirre: It’s all systems go for Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /04 February) — “It’s all systems go,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s legal counsel Vitaliano Aguirre said after the 1st Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday junked the four disqualification cases filed against Duterte, for lack of merit.

Aguirre told MindaNews in a text message that the Comelec ruling “erased all clouds of doubt” that the mayor is qualified to run for President, as a substitute candidate to former PDP-Laban standard bearer Martin Diño.

“It’s all systems go for Mayor Duterte. We have been expecting the dismissal of these disqualification cases as they are just nuisance cases filed by nuisance candidates who are afraid of his candidacy,” Aguirre said.

The Comelec decision came six days before February 9, the start of the official campaign period for Prsident, Vice President, Senators and partty-list. .

He said he believes that any motion for reconsideration or appeal before Comelec en banc will not prosper after the unanimous decision to junk the cases filed by John Paulo delas Nieves, a student council chair of University of the Philippines (UP), broadcast journalist Ruben Castor, Elly Pamatong, and Rizalito David.

“His campaign could now go full blast and the supporters who are hesitant to give full support to his candidacy will come out in the open,” he said.

In a statement, Atty. Paola Alvarez, PDP-Laban spokesperson, said the dismissal of the cases was a welcome development and a “clear triumph over the forces of disorder who are afraid of the radical change Mayor Duterte symbolizes.”

“But more than anything else, this is the victory of all those clamoring for real change. This is the victory of all those who are fed up with the continuing disorder, lack of security and equal opportunities in our country,” she added.

She said that after surpassing these hurdles, Duterte and his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, will represent the Filipino people as they present solutions and actions to their clamor.

“We believe that the struggle for real change is a collective endeavor where the people are the masters of their own destiny. Thus, Mayor Duterte and Senator Cayetano will need the help and support of all those who are longing for genuine change,” Alvarez said.

Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for reelection as mayor on October 15 even as supporters expected him to file his COC for President, and in fact waited for him to arrive at the Comelec office in Manila to file his COC for President before 5 p.m. on October 16.

He withdrew his COC for mayor and wsa substituted by his daughter and former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on November 27, and had his representative, lawyer Salvador Medialdea, file his COC for President at the Comelec office in Manila.

Duterte had earlier repeatedly said he would not run for President and proved he would not when he filed his COC for mayor. But on the third week of November, dismayed over the 5-4 decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that Senator Grace Poe was a qualified presidential candidate, he declared he would run for president in the 2016 polls.

“I am running for President because I am disappointed and sad sa ruling na yan,” Duterte told reporters during a party in Dasmarinas, Cavite on November 21.

Duterte, a lawyer who served as a prosecutor in Davao City for 11 years before his appointment as OIC Vice Mayor in 1986, said he cannot accept that someone like Poe who is not a natural-born and is only presumed to be a Filipino citizen will run the country as President.

“Grace can run for governnor and mayor, wag yang Presidente… Bigyan mo ako ng Bagobo, Ata, Igorot, yung totong Pilipino,” he said. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

  • Megan Salvador

    Tuloy tuloy na talaga ang pagbabago ng ating bansa at wala ng makakapigil pa sayo mayor!!

  • Ester Rillo

    Nice mayor!!! Ito na talaga ang pinakahihintay naming lahat at sana wala ng manira pa sayo

  • John Marquez

    Sabi na eh sa huli mananaig parin ang tama. Kaya para sa pagbabago kayo lamang mayor at sen alan ang susuportahan ko!

  • Sonny Alejandro

    Wala ng makakapigil pa sayo mayor dahil nakasuporta lang kami palagi sayo dahil gusto na namin ng pagbabago!

  • Alexandria Cuevas

    Wag na kasi kayo umasa na mapapabagsak nyo pa si mayor dahil marami ang supporters nya

  • Marie Aguilar

    Haha sabi na eh mawawala rin ng saysay ang mga effort ng haters mo mayor hahaha,

  • Angelica Reyes

    napaka ganda ng plano at plataporma ng Duterte-Cayetano tandem sa ating bansa! hangad nila ang kapayapaan ang pag unlad ng Pilipinas hindi tara na at magka isa tayo para mailuklok sila sa pwesto.

  • Martin Ocampo

    Duterte-Cayetano ang sagot sa ating pagbabago, sa bawat plataporma at plano nila sa atin ay mag bibigay pagasa sa pagunlad at pagsa ayos ng ating bansa.

  • Jeffrey Reyes

    kailangan na natin ng tunay na pagbabago, dahil sa mga nangyayari ngayon sa ating bansa. ang admininstrasyon ngayon na puro paninisi sa nakaraang administrasyon ay walang naitulong sa pag unlad ng ating bansa. Duterte-Cayetano ang kailangan natin.

  • Marchan Love Sy

    we really need changes so i will choose Mayor Duterte and Senator Cayetano for the best leadership that we need for the sake of this country

  • Angelica Dizon

    Duterte at Cayetano na para sa pagbabago magkaisa at magtulungan tayo .

  • Almie Sorreda

    para sa pagbabagong nais ng bawat pilipino Duterte at Cayetano lang ang makakasagot sa lahat ng ito..kaya magtlungan tayo na makamit ang pagbabagong ito.

  • Jessy Yap

    para sa pagbabagong totoo duterte at Cayetano na tayo..

  • Omar Nunez

    wala ng iba kung si duterte at cayetano lmang ang mkaka ayos sa ating bansa

  • Archie Aringo

    wala ng makaka pigil sa tunay na pag babago na gustong ibahagi satin ng tambalang duter at cayetano

  • Lauren Chin

    para sa tunay na pagbabago pipiliin ko ung totoong lider namakakatulong sa bansang ito kaya ako kay Duterte at Cayetano lang naniniwala..

  • Babylyn Santos

    walang duda doon ako sa totoong makakatulong sa pag unlad ng ating bansa.. Duterte Cayetano para sa tunay na pagbabago.

  • Ivan Serrano

    Duterte is realy big help to our country mabuhay kayu ni Cayetano

  • Franco Morga

    sa pamamagitan ng yung galing mayor at matalinong kaisipan muling babangun ang ating bansa

  • Ronald Dino

    ilib aq sa tambalang ito mabilis na aksyon at hindi pangako suportado ka namin Duter Cayetano na

  • Ronald Dino

    bilib aq sa tambalang ito mabilis na aksyon at hindi pangako suportado ka namin Duter Cayetano na

  • Ramon Navarro

    spread the development to all the nation DC2k16

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

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    Paramihan ng post. They are creating bandwagon effect kuno for the
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    Let us give them a big hug, the Duterte-Cayetano paid trolls!

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    • Xaime 2k11

      Dami kong tawa sayo. Pinagtsagaan talaga. Seguro pakyawan?

  • jack li

    Sa mga kababayan, ang voto natin ang mag dedecision kung ano ang kalalabasan ng ating bansa. Kaya isip in natin lahat ang kabutihan at pag babago ng ating bansa, tanggal ang kurakot, rapist, addict at Iba pa….Kaya voto natin si DUTERTE at CAYETANO….VIVA DUTERTE, VIVA CAYETANO…

  • jack li

    Sa mga kababayan, ang voto natin ang mag dedecision kung ano ang kalalabasan ng ating bansa. Kaya isip in natin lahat ang kabutihan at pag babago ng ating bansa, tanggal ang kurakot, rapist, addict at Iba pa….Kaya voto natin si DUTERTE at CAYETANO….VIVA DUTERTE, VIVA CAYETANO…