SC junks petition seeking to stop Duterte presidency

THE Supreme Court (SC) dismissed Tuesday a petition seeking to prevent Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's impending ascent to the presidency.

In a press conference, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that the Court, in its en banc session, ruled unanimously to dismiss the petition for mandamus filed by lawyer Elly Pamatong against Duterte.

Pamatong's petition was seeking to nullify the votes garnered by Duterte and to stop his proclamation by the Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers for presidential and vice presidential race.

Te said the court denied Pamatong's petition "on the ground that there is no showing of a clear legal right to the performance of the duty sought to be compelled by the petitioner."

Pamatong in his petition said that Duterte could not be the next president of the country as "he is a former criminal prosecutor."

He said that Duterte is worse than serial killers for murdering more or less than 1,700 innocent persons extra-judicially and for vowing to continue to kill many more once he ascends to the presidency.

Pamatong feared that Duterte's promise to dissolve the Congress, will dismantle the Philippine government's tripartite system that "will result to the establishment of a much deadlier kind of Marcos Dictatorship" and will destroy democracy.

Duterte was proclaimed president last May 30 after he won the May 9 polls by landslide. He garnered 16.6 million votes, a margin of more than 6 million votes over his closest rival, Manuel Roxas II.

Pamatong filed his candidacy papers for president for the third time in October 2015 but was disqualified by the Commission on Elections. (Sunnex)

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