Duterte wishes Poe ‘good luck’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 March) – Davao City mayor and Partidong Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas Bayan (PDP-Bayan) bet Rodrigo Duterte, who was previously upset over the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) allowing Sen. Grace Poe in the presidential race, wished her “good luck” after the Supreme Court junked the petition to disqualify Poe from running.

“Good luck to Sen. Grace Poe. I wish her the best,” Peter Laviña, head of Duterte team’s media group, quoted the mayor as saying.

Last November 22, Duterte said during a gathering in Dasmariñas, Cavite: “I am running for President because I am disappointed and sad sa ruling na yan (SET decision).”

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court, voting 9-6, finally junked the disqualification case filed against presidential bet Grace Poe.

Those who voted in favor of Poe included Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, with Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Bejamin Caguioa.

Those who voted against were Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Mariano del Castillo, Arturo Brion, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Bienvenido Reyes.

In a separate text message to MindaNews, Laviña said the SC decision bears not much impact on the Duterte team’s campaigning, saying that “we have long considered the election as a four-bet race.”

“What we need to do is sharpen the message that only Duterte has clear change agenda. The three others were part of the administration that wasted six years at the expense of the Filipino people,” he said.

Both First and Second Divisions of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) voted against Poe’s presidential bid over failure to meet citizenship and residency requirements.

The Duterte camp welcomed the decision of the SC on the activation of the vote verification feature of the counting machines.

Laviña said the SC decision on the issuance of the printed voter receipts “upholds the law on automated elections.”

“This would allay fears of the people that their votes will not be counted properly,” he said.

If implemented properly, it would even strengthen the credibility of the electoral process, according to Laviña.

“We shall continue to call on Comelec to make the elections peaceful and orderly,” he said.

“We urge the Commission on Elections to capture the spirit behind the SC ruling and uphold and protect the sanctity of the vote of the people,” Laviña added.

  • Lamon Lamon

    I certainly 100% agreed with you Poe !

    “This is a victory not only for myself, but also for the poor and the
    downtrodden… as well as for all women,” 47-year-old Poe told cheering
    supporters at an International Women’s Day rally in Manila.

  • Lamon Lamon

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU SENATOR GRACE POE ..HOPEFULLY YOU WIN IN MAY 2016 ELECTION .

  • Lamon Lamon

    WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORTS YOU SENATOR GRACE POE .LABAN MO AY LABAN DIN NG MGA KARAMIHANG MGA FILIPINOS .

  • thelma m paragas

    To my dear mindanoans, light lang po to ha. I remember how i’ve worked with you. I pity the lumads and your poor situation with intesified fightings all the time to any one especially with the terrorists (NPA, Abu Sayyaf, BIFF….) that’s why i solved it by making your province prosperous at least. Kaya lang prangkahan na ha, kanino kayo interesado sa pagkapresidente. Ang lumalabas kasi maka duterte mga mindanaoans. NGEK! supporter ng terrorista gaya ng NPA atbp. corrupt at babaero, palamura pa tapos sa davao lng hawak niya pero sia ata gusto ninyo. Walang ginawa sa buong mindanao ha, suportado pa mga berdugo. Taz ihihiwalay pa kayo sa main government dhil gusto niya federalismo. Naku po ang ARMM kahirapan katamaran at gutom binigay sa inyo taz si duterte ang manok u ngayon sa pagka presidente na hindi heroic at makadiyos pero maka terorista. Ano ba yan. Maging wise man lng saa. Kandidato ko si Grace Poe. Siya kasi ang pinili ng Diyos ko na mamuno sa susunod na gobyerno ng pilipinas. Only free people can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end and prefer the interest of good people to any narrow interest of their own. Wag naman kayo makaterorista. kelan kayo uusad kung hindi pupuksain ang terorismo sa probinsya u. sana makinig kayo para tuloy tuloy ang biyaya at kapayapaan sa mindanao.