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DQ petitioners vs. Marcos continue the fight at SC

May 18, 2022 - Wednesday 10:05 PM by GDM

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Martial law victims seeking the disqualification of presumptive president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have elevated their case to the Supreme Court.

Petitioners led by Martial Law victim Bonifacio Ilagan, through their counsel Howard Calleja, on Wednesday filed a petition to reverse the Commission on Elections’ dismissal of their DQ pleas.

They also sought for the issuance of a temporary restraining order to stop the Congress Chambers from canvassing votes for, and proclaim Marcos as the 17th president of the country, pending resolution of their plea.

The Ilagan petition, like other legal challenges against Marcos’ candidacy, also cited the conviction of Marcos for failure to file Income Tax Returns for multiple years. One of their main arguments is that Marcos committed an offense consisting of moral turpitude, one of the grounds for disqualification.

In a statement by Calleja, they said: “In filing this petition, we respectfully disagree with the ruling of the Comelec and are saddened by their delay in resolving the case.”

To note, the Comelec en banc only resolve their appeals on May 10, a day after the elections. At that time, Marcos was already leading his rival, outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, by at least 16 million votes.

Calleja said they remain mindful of the Congress’ duty to convene and proclaim a president but the Supreme Court likewise has a duty to “uphold the rule of the law regardless of any political exercise or issue.”

“We believe that in order for us to move forward as one nation we have to implement our laws without fear or favor. Justice need not be popular it has to be fair, right, and implemented equally to everyone,” he continued.