There is no backing out for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the PDP-Laban said it was ready to push his presidential bid, Senator Aquilino ” KoKo” Pimentel said.
“Yung narinig ng tenga ko, 100 percent nang tatakbo (si Duterte). As far as I’m concerned, wala na pong atrasan,” said Pimentel, PDP-Laban president.
Sen.Pimentel said that the PDP-Laban already signed a new certificate of nomination for Duterte which he would file at the Comelec to substitute for Martin Diño.
Diño filed his certificate of candidacy for president but he withdrew it.
The substitution for a candidate is only allowed until December 10.
“Sa timetable, I can’t say anything. Judging from the historical record of Mayor Duterte, he used to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor in a low profile manner, walang motorcade, walang mga parade…, so hindi ko masagot, maybe we will just all be surprised na naka-file na pala,” Sen. Pimentel said.
Told that Duterte could not be substitute for Diño since the latter’s COC showed that he was running for mayor of Pasay City, the senator said that it was just a “clerical error” since the Comelec itself listed him as presidential candidate.
“Merong clerical error but actually sa point of view ng Comelec, he is a presidential candidate. Nakalista sya as presidential candidate, merong effort ang legal department to declare him a nuisance candidate for president, that has been overcome, that minor clerical error has been overcome by the Comelec’s own actions,” he pointed out.
Sen. Pimentel said that the party has no problem with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano if Duterte chooses him as a running mate.
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