Rizalito David on Monday filed a disqualification case against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
David urged the Comelec to declare Duterte certificate of candidacy “null and void” on the basis that it was not filed properly.
“Iyong ifinile na COC ni Duterte, hindi ‘yun valid. For one, nag-file na siya ng COC for mayor. Second, it’s beyond the time that was allocated, which was from October 12 to 16, way beyond the deadline. Third, nag-file siya ng COC for something na hindi naman clear kung substitution or bago ‘yan dahil si Diño winithdraw niya COC niya way, way ahead of time bago mag-file si Duterte,” David told reporters on Monday, December 21.
David also said that Duterte is mocking the rule of law, the same way he “mocks” his supporters when he kept changing his mind.
“Itong bagay na ‘to is a mockery of the rule of law. It’s a mockery of all the process. Just like how he mocks his own supporters, pabalik-balik sya, mag-file ako, di ako mag-file ,” he said.
David is the same petitioner who filed a disqualification case against Senator Grace Poe.
Rizalito David said the case against Mayor Duterte is personal for him.
“Bakit si Duterte? May personal na concern ako dito. ‘Yung minura niya ang Santo Papa, I took that personally because I love the Pope. Noong sinabi niya na wawasakin niya ang Simbahang Katoliko, I took that personally because I’m a Catholic. Ie-expose niya kung anu-anong kabalbalan ng mga kaparian. I am a Catholic. He can’t do that. Even Satan failed to destroy the church. Who is he to destroy the church?” David said.
When asked who helped him in the petition he filed, he did not specify any one,he added that the complaint is just “very basic”.
He also said that there are no politics involved in his actions.
“Sino ba ang nag-violate ng batas? Dapat ba para lang maiwasan na sabihin ‘Bakit si Grace at Duterte this time?’ ay hindi di na natin gagawin? Responsibilidad natin lahat ito. I’m simply trying to correct the things that Comelec did as errors,” David said.