COMELEC: Duterte can change his COC—but only until October 16

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  • Davao City mayor can exchange his COC for mayor with president until Friday only
  • October 16 is the last day for filing certificates for candidacy
  • Duterte’s aide earlier filed his COC for mayor of Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Even as the door to a possible presidential run by their hero is slowly being closed for good, supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte still have at least 24 hours to change his mind.

According to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Duterte is allowed to withdraw the certificate of candidacy his aide earlier filed from a mayoral to a presidential position instead. However, he has only until Friday or October 16 to do so.

October 16 is the last day for the filing of certificates of candidacy.

COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said Duterte can withdraw his original COC and file another one without the need for justification.

“To my knowledge, you don’t have to justify the withdrawal,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

At the same time, however, Jimenez also declined to comment any further on Duterte’s candidacy.

“At this point, it’s all speculative so I can’t speak about that directly, let’s just go with the rules,” he said. “For the case of the mayor, can we wait until something actually happens?”

Duterte’s chief aide Christopher “Bong” Go filed his boss’ COC for mayor on Thursday. He was seen wearing a white shirt with the words “No is No” in the front and “Sinabi ko ng ayoko, ang titigas ng ulo nyo” (I said no, you’re all so hard-headed) in the back when he was inside Davao City’s COMELEC office.

The mayor — popular with the public due to his tough stance on crime and no-nonsense style of governance — broke his supporters’ hearts when he announced he was definitely not running for president in 2016.

COMELEC Commissioner Andres Bautista earlier said his office would not be extending the deadline for the filing of COCs.