COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista said the poll body may consider the mandate given by the electorate to presidential candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte in resolving the pending appeal on the disqualification cases against him.
Voting unanimously, the First Division of the Comelec dismissed in February all disqualification cases filed against Duterte, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City. However, two of the petitioners filed an appeal for reconsideration of the decision.
“We will study that, but of course, we know that we also have to respect the mandate given to him by the people,” said Bautista when asked if the pending cases against Duterte could already be considered moot and academic now that he was the apparent winner in the presidential race.
“That (case) has been raffled to a ponente. I guess we (the Commission en banc) need to discuss what to do,” said Bautista.