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Manila Bulletin : Marcos supporters in Cebu hold protest rally at Comelec office

News & Interviews
19 November 2021

By Manila Bulletin

Supporters of Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. are now making their move to counter the petitions to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) filed against the former lawmaker.

In a protest rally held Thursday morning, Nov. 18, in front of the Commission on Election (Comelec) Central Visayas office in Cebu City, supporters of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer denounced the petitions to cancel the COC of the former senator.

The protesters are represented by various groups opposed to the ‘dirty tactics’ being used by other political camps who are out to hinder the presidential bid of Marcos.

The group, who are members of the “Cebuanos Kontra DQ,” assembled at the Plaza Independencia before marching to the Comelec office to hold a program and lit red candles to symbolize their anger against the petitions.

“The purpose of this gathering is to voice our resistance to the disqualification cases being lodged against BBM. We also wanted a fair hearing by the Comelec and not settle this by technicality. The voice of the sovereign people must not be muted and thwarted,” said former Cebu City Councilor Erik Espina.

Espina said he hopes that their protest will be repeated in other provinces and cities in time for the Comelec hearing on Nov. 26.

A petition for the cancellation of Marcos’ COC was initially filed on Nov. 2 by the group Kapatid.

Another petition to supplement the first was also filed on Nov. 8, which was followed by a third one from former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and his camp.

However, Marcos’ Chief of Staff and lawyer Vic Rodriguez called the petitions as “nuisance and part of cheap political gimmicks from the same group of people who do not want the country to move ahead and get out of the pandemic.” “They refuse to elevate the level of political discourse, getting stuck to dirty campaigning, character assassination, and mudslinging,” Rodriguez said.

The spokesman-cum-chief of staff of the former Ilocos Norte congressman said that the Comelec has no jurisdiction to review, amend, modify or nullify decisions of the Court of Appeals.

“Elections are fought and won on Election Day through the ballots, and surveys or voters’ test polls are the gauge of the candidates’ standing and a guide to win the electorate,” he added. (Melvin Sarangay)