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Politiko : Comelec gives Marcos Jr, petitioners 5 days to comment on move to cancel COC

News & Interviews
16 December 2021

By Politiko

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is set to resolve the petition that sough to cancel the certificate of candidacy of presidential candidate and former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The COMELEC Second Division has issued an order dated Dec. 13 that declared “no more proceedings are to be taken in this case.

“The parties are hereby given five (5) days to submit their respective Memoranda from receipt of this Order,” it said.

“Thereafter, the case is deemed submitted for resolution after the lapse of the given period with or without the parties’ Memoranda,” it added.

The COMELEC Second Division explained that conducting more hearings “would only result to unncessary delay which is inconsistent with the summary nature of this case.”

It noted that even the petitioners are “well aware of the aforementioned rule” and even sought, through a motion, “for the immediate issuance of an Order directing the case be submitted for resolution…”

The petition was filed by a group led by Fr. Christian Buenafe, co-chairman of Task Force Detainees of the Philippines.

They argued that Marcos should not be allowed to run in public office due to his conviction for tax offenses.