ALL SYSTEMS GO

 

Duterte to go to Supreme Court

if disqualified by Comelec

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There is no stopping Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from seeking the presidency in the 2016 election, even if he is disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Duterte  carries the banner of the PDP/Laban in the 5-cornered presidential race, with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano his vice president.

Ahead of the start of the campaign period for the May elections, campaigners of Duterte held a two-day planning session in Davao City in preparation for the grand battle.

The two-day national campaign conference was attended by Duterte, Sen. Cayetano and was led by campaign manager Leoncio Evasco, Jr. and campaign team members from various regions.

Duterte and Cayetano are currently on a nationwide tour dubbed as “Hamon ng Pagbabago” covering major cities, provinces, and different sectors in the country.

It is all systems go, according to Evasco. He said the composition of the Duterte campaign team is vast and draws strength from the experiences of the nation-wide Listening Tour on Federalism of Duterte early last year.   

Cayetano said Duterte will bring his case to the Supreme Court if he is disqualified from running in the election.

The Comelec has yet to rule on four disqualification petitions filed against Duterte  which questioned his substitution of Martin Dino as presidential candidate of the PDP/Laban.

Vitaliano Aguirre, Duterte’s lawyer, is confident the poll body would dismiss the four petitions saying they were all filed “out of time” after the Comelec-imposed deadline for filing of such petitions.

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PEOPLE POWER

It is admitted that the campaign of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lacks the machinery of such power parties as the ruling Liberal Party and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

The Liberal Party is fielding Mar Roxas in the presidential derby while Vice President Jejomar BInay is UNA’s standard bearer. Senator Grace Poe and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago make the presidential race a five-cornered battle.

Duterte’s presidential bid has captured the imagination of the nation and has gained support from a wide sector of society from Mindanao to Luzon,  the mainstream and social media, including from a population long tired of massive corruption and criminality and is seeking for new leaders that could bring change.

Duterte’s campaign against corruption and criminality in Davao City, now one of the most progressive and safest cities in the country, has placed him as a viable alternative to lead the country.

His campaign for good governance and a Philippines safe for all, coupled with his strong advocacy of a  shift to a federal form of governance have gained a wide following that his rating in surveys placed him as a serious contender to the Presidency.

Even as he lacks machinery and logistics, a “People Power” of sorts was expected to rally behind his bid.

His team-up with Cayetano was expected to draw votes from MetroManila, the center of Philippine politics, where Duterte had

 topped an earlier survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Public sentiment for a Duterte presidency is reflected in his popularity as a presidential candidate

who has the right brew in his platform needed by the country to move forward.

Apart from being the most talked about in social media, indicators in Google search point to Duterte as the “most searched” among presidential candidates. The Google search result is a prediction that  Duterte would win in the 2016 election.

     With the internet playing key role in the coming elections, the Google search figures indicate the high level of popularity of Duterte in the web.

The massive support for Duterte on the ground, in mainstream and social media, the various sectors  and the nation hungry for change, are expected to morph into a “People Power” to vote Duterte to the Presidency in May.

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