Comelec consolidates cases vs. Duterte's presidential run

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Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president on Friday (November 27) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — All the cases which seek to remove Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from the presidential race will now be merged into one.

This after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decided on Tuesday (January 5) to consolidate the four cases filed against Duterte which aimed to block his candidacy for president.

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Comelec Chairman Andres "Andy" Bautista made the announcement and said the poll body's First Division would handle the combined cases.

A hearing was set for January 12.

The cases were filed by Ruben Castor, Rizalito David, John Paulo Delas Nieves of the University of the Philippines Student Council, and Elly Pamatong.

The cases assail the manner by which Duterte entered the presidential race — by substituting for PDP-Laban partymate Martin Diño.

CNN Philippine's JC Gotinga contributed to this report.