Rodrigo Duterte faces 3rd disqualification case

MANILA, Philippines – A third petition seeking to cancel the certificate of candidacy of presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was lodged on Tuesday, December 22.

Petitioner JP Delas Nieves, University Student Council Chairperson of the University of the Philippines Diliman, filed the petition before the Commission on Elections.

“Bilang isang estudyanteng UP, naniniwala po ako na nararapat lang na isabuhay ang napag-aralan namin na respeto para sa karapatang pantao. (As a UP student, I believe that it is only right to live out the respect for human rights that we were taught.) Inculcated within every UP student is the belief in the dignity of every person and the respect for human rights. The filing of this petition is my own contribution to that belief,” Delas Nieves said in a statement.

Delas Nieves was earlier expelled from his student party UP Alyansa, after he refused to quit from the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity, which was allegedly involved in a violent incident in June this year.

The two other petitions were filed by broadcaster Ruben Castor and Rizalito David, the same petitioner against presidential bet Senator Grace Poe.

Grounds for disqualification

Delas Nieves said Duterte should not be allowed to run for president for the following reasons:

Aside from the cancellation of Duterte’s COC, Delas Nieves' lawyer Maria Sheila Bazar said the petition seeks to delete the mayor’s name from the Certified List of Candidates for President and from the 2016 ballot.

The poll body earlier accepted Duterte's COC. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, however, said this is "entirely without prejudice to the pending disqualification case" against Diño and "any other case that may be filed" against Duterte. – 

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email