Comelec 2nd Division junks petition to cancel Marcos Jr.'s COC

(1st UPDATE) It is appealable to the Comelec en banc, after which moves can be made to go to the Supreme Court

1/17/2022 6:46:00 AM

The Commission on Elections Second Division junked the only petition to cancel the COC of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. – a win point for the son of the dictator who’s facing numerous cases against his presidential bid. PHVote WeDecide

(1st UPDATE) It is appealable to the Comelec en banc, after which moves can be made to go to the Supreme Court

The ruling was released by the 2nd Division on Monday, January 17. It is appealable to the Comelec en banc, after which moves can be made to go to the Supreme Court.The petition to cancel Marcos’ COC wasfiled by civic leadersrepresented by former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te.

This petition to cancel Marcos’ COC is one among the three pending petitions against him. Two others for disqualification remain. Christian Monsod’s petition is still pending in the 2nd Division, consolidated Akbayan/Ilagan/Mangelen is in the 1st Division. Te’s group will appeal to the en banc.

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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections Second Division junked the only petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. – a win point for the son of the dictator who’s facing numerous cases against his presidential bid. The ruling was released by the 2nd Division on Monday, January 17. It is appealable to the Comelec en banc, after which moves can be made to go to the Supreme Court. The petition to cancel Marcos’ COC was filed by civic leaders represented by former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te. This petition to cancel Marcos’ COC is one among the three pending petitions against him. Two others for disqualification remain. Christian Monsod’s petition is still pending in the 2nd Division, consolidated Akbayan/Ilagan/Mangelen is in the 1st Division. Te’s group will appeal to the en banc. Reacting to this decision, Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said in a statement: “The petitioners’ mere creativity for writing and wanting what is not written in the law as basis to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Presidential Aspirant Bongbong Marcos is way too frivolous and unmeritorious to override the basic precepts of the Constitution.” Not false The 32-page decision was penned by Commissioner Socorro Inting, with concurrences from Commissioners Antonio Kho Jr. and Rey Bulay. Te’s group had argued that when Marcos said in his COC he had not been meted the penalty of perpetual disqualification, he committed material representation – the sole ground of a petition to cancel his COC. The 2nd Division said that while such information was material, it was not false. “Respondent cannot be said to have deliberately attempted to mislead, misinform, or hide a fact which would otherwise render him ineligible,” said the ruling. The ruling agreed with the arguments of Marcos’ lawyers that the Court of Appeals’ (CA) amended decision in 1997 “did not categorically hold that respondent is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude nor did it positively pronounce that respondent is meted with the penalty of imprisonment of more than 18 months.” Te’s group argued that by sheer conviction of failure to file income tax returns, Marcos was automatically perpetually disqualified from public office because that is an accessory penalty of the tax code. Te’s group said it need not be spelled out by the CA. The Comelec 2nd division disagreed, saying “there is likewise no definitive declaration by the said decision that herein respondent is perpetually disqualified from holding public office.” If the COC is canceled on appeal and affirmed with finality, not only is Marcos barred from running, he also cannot be substituted. – Rappler.com This is a developing story. Please refresh for updates. Lian Buan