Martin Dino withdraws
COC as PDP-Laban's standard-bearer, names Duterte as his substitute
By Ferdinand G.
MANILA, Oct 29 (PNA) -- Martin Dino, the standard-bearer of PDP-Laban
Party on Thursday has backed out from the May 2016 presidential race.
This, after he withdrew his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) at the Commission
on Elections (Comelec) which he submitted last Oct. 16, the last day of the
five-day period for the filing of CoC for aspirants in next year’s national
and local polls.
In his Statement of Cancellation/Withdrawal filed before the Comelec Law
Department, the chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC)
said he was withdrawing his candidacy for the position of president of the
Republic of the Philippines.
But, the former barangay chairman did not provide any reason in the
Diño also indicated in the document that his substitute shall be Davao City
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
He was among the 125 presidential aspirants that are facing motu proprio
Petitions to Declare as Nuisance Candidates at the Comelec.
Diño noted that the primary reason why he decided to withdraw his CoC after
receiving the said petition from the poll body.
“May nakuha akong sulat from Comelec asking me to explain bakit hindi ako
dapat i-consider na nuisance... masakit naman yun,” he said in a separate
Dino stressed that such a perception towards the standard bearer of
PDP-Laban is objectionable considering they have already produced a
president in the late former president Cory Aquino, Vice President Jejomar
Binay, and a long list of senators.
“A political party needs respect kaya sumangguni ako sa partido at ito nga
ang napag-desisyunan,” he added.
Dino noted that it was the decision of the party to nominate Duterte as his
replacement and does not need the consent of the Davao mayor.
“Party decision yun... hindi kailangan ng consent niya,” he added.
Comelec Resolution No. 9984 states that any candidate may personally file,
at any time before Election Day, a sworn Statement of
It also provides that an official candidate of a duly registered political
party, who dies, withdraws, or is disqualified for any cause, after the last
day for the filing of COCs may be substituted by a candidate belonging to,
and nominated by, the same political party.
Substitution due to withdrawal is only allowed until Dec. 10, 2015.
Meanwhile, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said a disqualified candidate
nominated by a political party may still be allowed to field a substitute
“Substitution is possible for involuntary withdrawal. And involuntary
withdrawal is in case of death and disqualification. So if someone files a
COC and is subsequently disqualified, that slot remains viable. Pwede ka
magpasok dyan,” he said in a recent interview. (PNA)