The Commission on Elections on Monday January 11 dismissed the disqualification case filed by UP Student Council Chairperson JP Delas Nieves seeking to cancel the COC of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Comelec Clerk of the Commission Abigail Lilagan said the case was dismissed after neither Delas Nieves nor a lawyer to represent him,attended the preliminary conference.
Lilagan said the Comelec rules that a case for a cancellation of a COC may be dismissed if the petitioner or his councel fails to attend the conference.
Duterte was represented by his lawyers Vitaliano Aguirre and Al Argosino.
Other complainants against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte,Elly Pamatong,Rizalito David were also present.
Delas Nieves filed a DQ case against Duterte that he should not be allowed to run for president because he is a substituting for Martin Diño who,according to Nieves is not a legitimate candidate.
source: CNN Philippines