It’s finally decided by the Commission on Elections’ first division that the disqualifications cases against Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the presidential aspirant, will be issued by January 19, as said by its presiding officer.
If it becomes true, the decision will be made public online following the read-out in the session hall.
A preliminary conference was held last Friday by the poll body’s first division on 3 cases against Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. which was filed by many martial law victims, a certain Abubakar Mangelen, and the Akbayan party-list.
Martial law victims and the Akbayan party-list claimed that Marcos Jr. should be ruled forever ineligible for public office as he was proved guilty of not paying taxes between 1982 and 1985 or filing income tax returns.
Mangelen, the self-introduced duly-elected chairman of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, voiced in his disqualification petition, saying Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s nomination as the party’s Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer was “unauthorized, defective, invalid and void.”
However, according to Comelec rules, if the petition was granted, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. could still be substituted by another candidate, in case that candidate bear the same surname.
The Comelec used to turn down a petition to cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy, and another petition to declare him a nuisance candidate.
*Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr. is a Filipino politician, being a senator between 2010 and 2016. “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is the second child of the late-dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. who ruled the Philippines under martial law during his 1965-1986 stint as the President of the Philippines.
The Marcos family after the Martial Law period was forced into exile in 1986 and could only be granted back to the Philippines by the then-President Corazon Aquino after the death of his father Marcos Sr. in 1989.
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