What Duterte thinks of SC ruling on Poe

Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday expressed his vehement disagreement with the Supreme Court's (SC) decision allowing Senator Grace Poe to run for president, saying the ruling went against all that he was taught in law school.

Duterte said the law, as what he learned in school, is simple: one is a natural-born Filipino citizen if he/she came out of his/her mother's womb and did not have to perform any act to acquire or perfect his/her Philippine citizenship.

Duterte said he expects motions for reconsideration to be filed questioning the high court's basis for declaring Poe as qualified to seek the presidency in the May 9, 2016 elections.

The high court voted 9-6 to grant the consolidated petitions of Poe to reverse her disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) over citizenship and residency issues.

Political analysts foresee support for Poe to rise in pre-election surveys following the SC ruling. But Duterte said he still does not care much about ratings and surveys.

He, however, admitted that he would have to beef up his face-to-face campaigning, and also campaign more in areas where his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, is perceived to be weak.

The PDP-Laban standard-bearer said he will stick by Cayetano, who has been trailing three other vice presidential candidates in polls.

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Duterte reminded Filipinos to carefully choose who to vote for, saying it will be up to them if they want a first family composed of American citizens.

The mayor earlier said he was forced to run for the country's top post because he wants a natural-born Filipino citizen to become president.

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Meanwhile, Duterte said the Comelec has a lot to explain about its apparent disregard of its mandate to issue voters' receipts.

He said it is the poll body's responsibility should there be a failure of elections or if a two-day election is held.

According to Duterte, he is not saying that the May 9 polls will be chaotic, but the Comelec has to resolve these problems.

The Duterte-Cayetano tandem campaigned Wednesday in Valenzuela City, a perceived Poe bailiwick.

Their team was prayed over by Valenzuela Bishop Monsignor Caperal. The tandem then went on to talk with the city's tricycle drivers, as part of their "Ronda Serye" campaign track.