Supreme Court Decides on Petitions Filed Against President-Elect Bongbong Marcos’ Candidacy

SUPREME COURT – The High Court released its decision on the petitions against president-elect Bonbong Marcos.

On Friday, June 30, 2022, president-elect Bongbong Marcos is set to take his oath as the 17th president of the Republic of the Philippines. Before his inauguration which will be held at the Philippine National Museum, the Court released its decision on the petitions against his presidential bid.

Marcos Jr. won a landslide victory in the Elections 2022 after getting more than 31 million votes. However, prior to his successful bid, his presidential candidacy was challenged several times by petitions filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The said petitions sought to disqualify Marcos Jr. from the presidential race or cancel his candidacy citing his tax cases. Comelec junked all the petitions against the bid of the former Senator.

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After the Elections 2022, petitions were filed against president-elect Bongbong Marcos before the Supreme Court. Recently, the Court released its decision on the petitions filed against the incoming president.

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Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Supreme Court junked the petitions filed against president-elect Bongbong Marcos with a 13-0 vote. Thirteen justices voted to dismiss the petitions while two (2) justices abstained from voting.

In a resolution, the Court stated that Marcos Jr. “is qualified to run and be elected to public office”. The Court also stated that his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) is valid and in accordance with the law. It stressed that the Comelec decided right on the previous petitions.

The inauguration of Marcos Jr. at the Philippine National Museum tomorrow is expected to gather his family and his Cabinet members. However, the incoming presidential legal counsel, former Senator and Secretary of Justice Juan Ponce Enrile, will not be present as he is currently in the hospital.

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