Senate President Franklin Drilon urged the public to let the Commission on Elections uphold the country’s election laws.
“We have rules which are necessary for an orderly society,” Drilon said
“If we just say that we let the people decide, then we might as well throw all the rules out of the window; let’s discard all the rules, and let everybody run,” he added.
Drilon made the statement following the call of former president FVR to let the people decide the fate of Duterte and Poe.
Comelec first and second divisions have already disqualified Poe due to her residency and citizenship issue.
While the Comelec on Thursday decided to accept the Duterte’s COC for president,voting in an exercise of its “administrative function” to allow Duterte’s substitution of Martin Diño under PDP-Laban. A disqualification case against him was still pending.
Drilon stressed that the Comelec is duty-bound to uphold the laws in accordance with the Constitution.
“We have basic rules which in any civilized society will be necessary in order to prevent disorder. So if you are saying just let the people decide, precisely there are rules in order that people can rationally decide,” Drilon said.
He also pointed that it would also be unfair to those declared as nuisance candidates if people and not the rules will decide the cases against Duterte and Poe.
“If we are to apply the let-the-people-decide philosophy on the disqualification cases against Senator Grace Poe and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, then the Comelec should have also allowed ‘Archangel Lucifer,’ ‘Kuya P,’ ‘Kapitan Kuryente,’ and all other individuals who filed their COCs to run for president,” Drilon said.
“We cannot provide exemptions to individuals under our laws and regulations while denying the same to others. If we leave the case of Poe and Duterte in the hands of the people to decide, then we should also ask them to decide on the fate of the 125 nuisance candidates who want to run for president. A situation like that is unacceptable,” he stressed.