The possibility of Senator Ronald dela Rosa becoming President after the 2022 national elections, ends on or before November 15, 2021.
The ruling PDP-Laban party is Senator Dela Rosa in the 2022 presidential race as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is not running for President and only seeking reelection.
Will this close the door for Sara to run for President? No.
Because Bato is only a scapegoat for the presidential daughter’s race to the Palace to replace her father President Rodrigo Duterte whose term ends in 2022.
There is a law in Philippine elections that allows subsitution of candidates who have already filed their Certificate of Candidacy (COC)— deadline is October 8 — with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Sara running for President is easy and simple as ABC. On or before November 15 — the deadline for submission of the COC of the substituting candidate — Sara withdraws her COC filed with Comelec Davao for Davao City Mayor, and then file another COC for President with Comelec national.
It happened before. President Duterte filing for President through substitution in the 2016 election. This is going to happen again.
With the nation eagerly awaiting Sara— a no-show to thelast minute — to file her presidential bid, Dela Rosa filed his COC) at the Sofitel Garden Tent in Pasay Friday (October 8), taking everyone by surprise.
Should it still be go for Sara’s presidential run by substitution?
There could be a hitch. Remember, Sara is chair of her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). Senator dela Rosa is PDP-Laban.
Political parties can substitute candidates until November 15. The person who will be fielded as a substitute, however, should be from the same party as the aspirant who will be replaced.
Ernesto Abella, a former spokesperson of Duterte,also filed his COC for president on October 8. Could Abella be another scapegoat for Sara? Maybe.
But Abella could not be substituted bySara.
He filed his COC as an independent candidate.
According to the rules of the Comelec, substitution is not allowed for independent bets.
Are we looking at Bato as the next President of the Philippines?
There is a third angle to this brouhaha over whether Sara will run or not for president.
Sara has said she was not comfy about being in the company of PDP-Laban? Forget that.
The Comelec says that the person who will be fielded as a substitute should be from the same party as the aspirant who will be replaced? No Problem!
Sara, for the sake of the country, could take her oath anytime as PDP-Laban member and file her COC to substitute for Bato on or before November 15. Neat.
So, stop wailing, you Pinoys losing hope over their dream that the next leader of the Philippines should be a President Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. Madayaw Dabaw!