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3 MRs in DQ Cases, Appeal for BBM COC Cancellation Dismissed – Comelec

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Comelec Dismissed 3 MRs in DQ cases, Appeal for BBM COC Cancellation

The Commission on Election (Comelec) has dismissed the disqualification (DQ) cases against former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr (BBM).

The Comelec has formally denied three motions for reconsideration and a petition for annulment of the presidential candidate’s Certificate of Candidacy (COC) filed by the presidential candidate. The poll body announced the judgment on Tuesday, a day after the country’s May 9 election.

Comelec BBM DQ Cases

After receiving more than 30 million votes in the partial and unofficial presidential election result, Marcos remains the clear frontrunner. The Commission en banc upheld the dismissal of Marcos’ allegations filed before the election by a vote of 6-0-1.

Three disqualification cases were filed by petitioners Bonifacio Ilagan, a human rights advocate and a victim of martial law; members of the Akbayan Citizens Action Party; and National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Commissioner Abubakar Mangelen, which were previously dismissed by the Comelec First Division.

It ruled in a 30-page en banc decision that such appeals were dismissed because they were essential “rehashes” with no fresh concerns in the argument submitted. They see no compelling cause to overturn the Commission’s former first division conclusions” part of the resolution.

“Petitioners were unable to raise issues and provide grounds to convince us that, 1) the evidence is insufficient to justify the Assailed Resolution, or 2) the Assailed Resolution is contrary to the law.” Therefore, there is no basis for herein petitioners to insist that respondent is perpetually disqualified from running for public office.”

“Wherefore, in view of the foregoing, the Commission en banc denies the following motions for reconsideration… Accordingly, the Commission en banc affirms the resolution of the commission’s former first division promulgated on February 10, 2022,” part of the resolution.

Meanwhile, the fourth appeal requesting the cancellation of Marcos’ COC filed by some petitioners led by Fr. Christian Buenafe of the Task Force Detainees, has also been dismissed by the Comelec en banc. The Comelec resolved it separately because it was for the cancellation of the COC while the other three were disqualification cases.

The petitioners referenced Marcos’ refusal to file income tax returns from 1982 to 1985, when he was vice governor and later became governor of Ilocos Norte, as a basis for disqualifying him. The petitioners can still take their case to the Supreme Court, according to the Comelec.

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