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The lawyer who sued President Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse a ruling by the Commission on Elections disqualifying him from the 2019 senatorial race.

In a petition, Jude Sabio urged the SC to set aside the Comelec ruling last March 11, saying he’s not a nuisance candidate.

Furthermore, Sabio disclosed that Malacañang has a hand in his disqualification in the form of harassment and discrimination.

“Respondent Comelec just wanted to target petitioner as a suspected nuisance bet from the start in order just to embarrass him by preventing him to run as a bonafide candidate, and branding him shamefully as a nuisance, he being a bitter critic and legal archenemy of President Duterte and his administration,” read the 26-page petition.

He added that Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion in disqualifying him from seeking a seat in the Senate.

“There is no constitutional or legal requirement for a presumed bonafide candidate like petitioner to show or prove his financial capacity at the time of the filing of his certificate of candidacy, and this there is absolutely no basis in the petition of the law department to allege ‘financial incapacity,” he alleged.

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