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Comelec Speaks on Petition Vs. Bongbong Marcos Jr.’s Presidential Bid

COMELEC – The Commission on Elections revealed its decision on the petition seeking to declare former Sen. Bongbong Marcos Jr. a nuisance candidate.

Several petitions were filed against the presidential bid of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in 2022. He is the standard-bearer of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and is running with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as his vice president.

One of the petitions filed before Comelec seeks to declare Marcos Jr. a nuisance candidate in the Election 2022. The petition was raffled at the 2nd Division of the poll body.

Bongbong Marcos
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Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Comelec recently released a decision regarding the petition filed by Danilo Lihaylihay. The poll body ruled last December 16 to junk the petition seeking to declare presidential candidate and former Sen. Bongbong Marcos Jr. a nuisance candidate.

According to the poll body, the candidacy of Marcos Jr. did not fall under any of the categories cited for a nuisance candidate such as the following:

  • one who has a filed a candidacy to throw the election process in mockery of disrepute
  • or to cause confusion among voters by the similarity of names
  • that there are acts or circumstances which clearly demonstrate the lack of a bona fide intention to run for office

Based on the report, Marcos Jr.’s spokesman Victor Rodriguez said that the junking of the said petition was “expected”. He stressed that they are firm that there is no legal basis to cancel the candidacy of the former Senator.

The said petition seeking for the declaration of Marcos Jr. as a nuisance candidate is one of the multiple petitions against the former Senator’s presidential bid in 2022. Reportedly, at least six (6) petitions were filed before the Comelec with four (4) of it seeking for his disqualification and two (2) seeking to cancel his Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

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