Rizalito David to run for president

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 13 2015 01:57 AM | Updated as of Oct 13 2015 03:14 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Losing 2013 senatorial bet Rizalito David on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president in 2016.

David, who filed a quo warranto petition against presidential poll survey front runner Senator Grace Poe before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), said it is his duty as a Catholic to run for president.

"We want the teachings of the Catholic faith to be part of the policies of government. We are running because we are Catholics," he said.

With his filing of COC for president, David will compete with Poe and other presidential wannabes in the 2016 polls.

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David said his running has nothing to do with the quo warranto case he filed against Poe. He said he will let the Filipinos file a disqualification case against Poe should the latter file her COC for president later this week.

"I believe there are a lot of people contemplating on filing a disqualification case against Grace Poe Llamanzares as soon as she files her COC. I'm not gonna do that. My intent in filing the quo warranto has something to do with her staying as a senator. If she wants to run as president, that's her own prerogative, but she has to take that risk," said David.

David was accompanied by his running mate, Albert Alba, during the filing of COC.