Duterte's supporters camp out in front of Comelec

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  • Duterte supporters started staking out at the Comelec headquarters on Monday evening (December 7).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Supporters began gathering in front of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) headquarters in Manila on late Monday evening (December 7) hours before Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to arrive to double-check the status of his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president.

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By around 9 p.m., some 30 people had started staking out at the poll body office, the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros. They were mostly from the seafarers' sector — with some of them, they said, already camping out since morning.

Banners were posted around Plaza Roma, with pictures and messages of support for Duterte.

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The group said they would be holding vigil outside Comelec until Thursday, December 10 when the poll body would announce its decision on nuisance candidates.

They said they were expecting their number to swell to 5,000 by the time of Duterte's arrival on Tuesday, December 8.

CNN Philippines' Paul Garcia contributed to this report.