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SC dismisses quo warranto petition vs Duterte

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THE SUPREME Court (SC) dismissed, for lack of legal standing and untimely filing, the 2018 quo warranto petition of a suspended lawyer against President Rodrigo R. Duterte. In a seven-page notice, the SC en banc on Jan. 22 said Elly L. Pamatong failed to substantiate his personal claim for presidency as he did not run against Mr. Duterte during the May 2016 national elections. “Other than his bare declaration that he ‘took an oath as caretaker President of the Republic of the Philippines, and assumed the Presidency on June 30, 2016,’ petitioner failed to corroborates such claims which nonetheless, are demonstrably belied by the results of the 2016 elections,” the SC ruled. According to the Rules of Court, only the solicitor-general, state prosecutor, or a claimant for a usurped position can file a quo warranto petition. The SC noted that although Mr. Pamatong filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for presidential post in the May 2016 elections, it was disapproved by the Commission on Elections as he was declared a nuisance candidate.— Vann Marlo M. Villegas