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Business Mirror : 1st petition vs BBM’s 2022 candidacy to be resolved soon, Comelec assures

News & Interviews
16 December 2021

By SAMUEL P. MEDENILLA | Business Mirror

The Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Second Division is now in its final phase of resolving the first petition seeking the cancellation of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.

Last Monday, the division finally ordered the petitioners led by Christian B. Buenafe and the camp of Marcos to submit their respective memoranda on the case.

It gave both parties five days from the day of receipt of the order to make the submission before it resolves the case.

“Thereafter, the case is deemed submitted for resolution after the lapse of the given period, with or without the parties’ memoranda,” the Comelec Second Division said in its five-page order.

In a brief statement, the legal counsel of the Buenafe’s group, Theodore O. Te, said the five-day period would lapse next week.

“Memoranda are due on the 20th [of  December], [since] the 5th day [of the deadline] being a non working day,” Te said.

The division, which includes Comelec Commissioners Socorro B. Inting and Antonio T. Kho Jr., gave the deadline for the submission of the memorandums after denying the separate motions of both parties.

Buenafe’s group filed for a request for issuance of Subpoena Duces Tecum dated November 19, 2021, and Ex Parte Urgent Motion for Issuance of Subpoena Duces Tecum related to the tax case of Marcos in 1995 and 1997.

The group urged Comelec to cancel Marcos’s COC due to his tax violation conviction and supposed falsification of his COC.

Marcos, for his part, requested a face-to-face hearing on the case.

The Comelec Second Decision denied both requests after it concluded that “clarificatory hearing and the addition of more evidence” are no longer necessary in the resolution of the case.