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Politiko : One down: Comelec junks nuisance case vs Marcos Jr’s bid for presidency

News & Interviews
20 December 2021

By Politiko

The Commission on Elections has denied the first petition to remove Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from the presidential race in 2022.

Spokesperson James Jimenez said petitioner Danilo Lihaylihay, who is also a presidential bet for 2022 national elections, has failed to substantiate proof that Marcos could be considered a nuisance candidate for the national race.

In a seven-page decision by the Comelec second division, it said that Marcos’ candidacy did not fall under any of the three broad categories of nuisance candidates: one who has filed a candidacy to throw the election process in mockery or disrepute, cause confusion among voters by the similarity of names, or that some acts or circumstances clearly demonstrate the lack of a bona fide intention to run for office.

Six more petitions against the Politiko’s presidential bid are pending before the Comelec.