Comelec to hear Marcos disqualification case

MANILA TIMES

THE case against former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

seeking his disqualification from the presidential race has been

raffled off to the Second Division of the Commission on Elections

(Comelec).

But Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that a summon would

be issued and served to Marcos, the standard bearer of the Partido

Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), within the week.

“The case has been raffled to the [Comelec] 2nd Division. Owing to the large number of cases on the docket, no summons for thisparticular case has been issued yet, but is expected within the week,” said Jimenez, in a viber message sent to reporters Tuesday night.

Marcos has five days to file their answer after the summon has been served and thereafter the matter will be deemed submitted for resolution.

As per Comelec record, it is the first time a petition for the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy (CoC) has been filed against the former senator.

Marcos Jr. has been elected before as vice governor, governor, congressman and senator. In 2016, he ran for vice president but lost to then congresswoman Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

Legal experts have opined that there is no clear case against Marcos

Under the law, one can only be disqualified for a crime by final judgement. Said conviction, however, has to be for a crime committed under moral turpitude or for an offence punishable with a penalty of at least 18 months.

A lower court has found Marcos guilty for failure to file

his income tax returns (ITRs) for the years 1982 to 1985.

The Court of Appeals had overturned Marcos’ conviction and instead, merely imposed a fine of P32,000 for his failure to file his

income tax return.

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