Petition Seeking to Cancel Bongbong Marcos Jr.’s Candidacy for President Filed

BONGBONG MARCOS – The camp of the former Senator and presidential aspirant broke its silence on the petition against his Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

One of the presidential aspirants in the Election 2022 is former Senator and the late dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. He is the standard-bearer of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas. According to his camp, they are eyeing to have a running-mate from Visayas or Mindanao.

Also called BBM by his supporters, the bid of the son of the late dictator triggered the issues against him and his family. Most of it surrounds the regime of his late father and the issues that the former Senator got involved in during his term as an official of Ilocos.

Recently, a petition urging the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to cancel or deny former Sen. Bongbong Marcos Jr.’s candidacy for president in the Election 2022 was filed by several civic groups. The petitions include the representatives from Balay, PH Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, KAPATID, Task Force Detainees of PH, Medical Action Group, and FIND.

Bongbong Marcos Jr.
Photo lifted from The Manila Times

The petition that sought the denial of Marcos Jr.’s bid for president cited the tax evasion conviction of the former Senator in 1995. Reportedly, under section 252 of the 1977 National Internal Revenue Code, the old Tax Code, if the violator is an official of the government, the person shall be “perpetually disqualified from holding any public office,” from voting, or from participating in any elections.

The petitioners stated that the Court of Appeals reduced the penalty in 1997. In 2001, the conviction of Marcos Jr. became final when he withdrew his appeal to the Supreme Court.

Recently, the camp of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos Jr. broke its silence on the petition seeking the cancellation or denial of his COC. His spokesperson, Vic Rodriguez, said that they will address the petition at the proper time and forum. He called it a “predictable nuisance”.

Rodriguez stressed that they will refrain from commenting as they don’t engage in “gutter politics”.

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