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Philippine Star

In this country, all is fair in love, war and politics. The culture and regulatory environment allow it to be so. In filing certificates of candidacy, for example, there’s a five-week period during which aspirants can change their minds and withdraw from the race or substitute for others. Rodrigo Duterte reinforced the trend in 2015, when he played coy before replacing Martin Diño at the eleventh hour as the standard bearer of the PDP-Laban. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) allowed the substitution, even if a challenger had argued that Diño’s candidacy was for Pasay City mayor. Diño, who …

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