By Lolet Abania | Bulgar Online
Nag-isyu ng isang resolution ang isang division ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) nitong Biyernes hinggil sa pagtanggi nito sa petisyon na ideklara si Ferdinand “Bongbong/BBM” Marcos Jr. bilang isang nuisance candidate na tatakbo sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa 2022 elections.
“The petition filed by Danilo Lihaylihay, seeking to declare former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. a nuisance candidate, has been denied by the 2nd Division of the COMELEC,” ayon kay Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez sa isang mensahe na ipinadala sa mga reporters.
“In a decision promulgated on the 16th of December 2021, the 2nd Division ruled that Marcos’ candidacy did not fall under any of the three broad categories of nuisance candidates, i.e., one who has a filed a candidacy to throw the election process in mockery of disrepute, or to cause confusion among voters by the similarity of names, or that there are acts or circumstances which clearly demonstrate the lack of a bona fide intention to run for office,” paliwanag ni Jimenez.
Nilagdaan nina Comelec Second Division Presiding Commissioner Socorro Inting at Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr. ang resolusyon hinggil sa pag-deny sa petisyon na inihain ni Lihaylihay.
Si Marcos ang standard bearer ng Partido Federal ng Pilipinas habang ang kanyang running mate ay si Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, anak ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.
Samantala, inaasahan na ng kampo ni Marcos ang desisyon na i-dismiss ang petisyon dahil anila, “there was no legal basis” tungkol dito.
“The dismissal of the case is expected as this is among the multiple nuisance petitions filed against presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos,” sabi ng spokesperson ni BBM na si Atty. Vic Rodriguez.
“We have always maintained that there exist no legal basis to cancel the certificate of candidacy nor disqualify UniTeam presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos and that elections are won & settled through the ballots on election day not by maliciously filing nuisance petitions. We call on every Filipino to be vigilant in safeguarding our right to freely choose our leaders and respect the voice of the people,” dagdag pa ni Rodriguez.