Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban showered fellow abogado Socorro Inting for tackling the first petition to void Bongbong Marcos’ presidential run with utmost urgency.
He is referring to the case filed by ex-SC spokesman Ted Te asking to cancel Marcos Jr’s certificate of candidacy, which if granted will bar him from running as president in 2022.
“The Second Division of the Commission on Elections, headed by Presiding Commissioner Socorro B. Inting, deserves public commendation for following strictly the Comelec Rules of Procedure, thereby expediting the resolution of the petition filed by lawyer Theodore O. Te to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Bongbong Marcos,” Panganiban wrote in his December 19 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
He also agreed with Inting’s decision to refuse any of the three interventions to the case, as well as the request of veteran abogado Estelito Mendoza for a face-to-face hearing, citing these were unnecessary and would only delay decision on the case.
“Given this demonstration of fortitude and competence by the Second Division, we eagerly await its decision between Christmas and New Year, which the losing party may appeal to the Comelec en banc via a motion for reconsideration,” Panganiban said.
Inting’s division was earlier criticized for bending its rules in favor of Marcos when it asked for more time to file an answer to the original petition. Critics said it was special treatment given to Bongbong, but the Comelec unit said it was in the interest of justice to allow the respondent to reply to the allegations.