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Politiko : More proof needed: Ex-CJ Panganiban tells why neither of 2 new documents in Marcos Jr case is the smoking gun

News & Interviews
12 December 2021

By Politiko

Both the camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the petitioners seeking to stop his presidential bid need to gather more documents to make their case, retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban said.

Over the past week, petitioners pushing for the cancellation of Marcos’ certificate of candidacy shared a “certification” from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 105 certifying that there’s no record that the former senator complied with the court’s ruling in his tax evasion case.

Marcos was ordered by the court to pay a fine and his tax delinquency after being convicted of tax evasion. The RTC also meted out a jail term for him but this was omitted by the Court of Appeals.

The camp of Marcos also shared an “official receipt” issued by Landbank showing Marcos paying “LEASE RENTAL, INSTALLMENT, INTEREST and PRINCIPAL” totaling “P67,137.27” on December 27, 2001. His supporters said the payment is proof that he complied with the court’s ruling.

In his December 12 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Panganiban said the petitioners should get a certification not from the officer-in-charge of the QC regional trial court, but the clerk of court.

“I think Rowena Bacud is merely the OIC of Branch 105 of the RTC-QC. The official who should certify is the clerk of court (Gregorio C. Tallud) of the entire RTC-QC station made up of 57 branches. His office is authorized to receive payments of fines which normally become parts of the Judiciary Development Fund. If the petitioners can secure a similar ‘certification’ from Tallud, their argument could gain cogency,” he explained.

Panganiban said Marcos’ camp also needs to explain how his supposed payment to the Landbank satisfies his tax deficiency.

“Also, BB’s supporters must explain, if they can, why the fines mentioned in item (b) were not paid to the clerk of court of the RTC-QC station, and how the total of “P67,137.27” satisfied item (b) of the CA decision,” he added.