Sara Duterte must switch parties for eligibility


Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez said Sara Duterte-Carpio will not be eligible to run for a national position at the 2022 national polls under her current political party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).


MANILA, Philippines — In order for Sara Duterte to run for national office, she will have to switch and join a national political party to qualify as a substitute candidate, Jimenez said.

She must be in the same party as the person who filed a certificate of candidacy (COC).

The reason behind this is because her current party, HNP, is a regional party and did not file national candidates.

“Not as HNP, because that is not the political party of the person that she, whoever it is, would be representing,” Jimenez pointed out when asked if Duterte-Carpio could run for president or vice president under HNP.

“And why is that? Because HNP is a regional party, which means they are unable to file national candidates.”

“If she is going to substitute, then she will have to join a political party that already has a candidate for whatever position she wants to substitute,” he added.

Duterte-Carpio recently withdrew her COC for reelection as Davao City mayor which sparked more talks on her gunning for a national post.

The COC filing ran from October 1-8 but candidate substitution would be permitted until November 15. After which, the Comelec could already finalize the list of candidates for the 2022 elections. (HMP/JuanManila)

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