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Bongbong Marcos faces another disqualification case

December 07, 2021 - Tuesday 6:12 PM by GDM

Article Banner Image Photo: BongBong Marcos FB Page

Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is facing another challenge against his presidential aspirations, this time, it came from an Ilocano group.

Pudno Nga Ilokano filed on Tuesday another disqualification case against Marcos before the Commission on Elections. The parties cited the previous conviction of the former senator for violation of the tax code.

They argued that Marcos has been “perpetually disqualified from the ‘right of suffrage’ pursuant to Article 43 of the Revised Penal Code’ in relation to the Constitutional requirement that presidential aspirants should be registered voters

“The RTC imposed upon Respondent the penalty of prision correccional or imprisonment of three (3) years under Criminal Case No. Q-91-24391. Thus, the imposition of the penalty of prision correccional clearly subjects Respondent to the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from the right of suffrage, which bars him from being elected as President,” the complaint read.

The petitioners also argued that Marcos, the son of deposed dictator Ferdinand E Marcos, Sr., was “perpetually from holding any office” pursuant to Section 286 of the National Internal Revenue Code.

‘Nuisance’ cases

Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos' spokesperson, said that all the petitions, which he described as “nuisance” cases, filed with the Comelec are now being addressed by their legal team.

“And while we maintain that these petitions are nothing but nuisance cases, we urge those who are behind these pathetic stunts to please respect the Filipino people and their democratic right to decide for themselves and their collective future,” said Rodriguez.

“We also urge them not to remove the right of the people to freely choose their leader and stop looking down on the intelligence of the Filipino people.  Elections are won and settled on election day and not through the filing of nuisance petitions,” he added.

Marcos, who is the standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, is facing other disqualification cases and petitions to cancel his certificate of candidacy for president.