MANILA, Philippines- Tinanggihan ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division nitong Lunes ang lahat ng inihaing interventions ng dalawang partidong nais palakasin ang kani-kanilang argumento ukol sa pagkansela sa certificate of candidacy (COC) sa pagka-Pangulo ni former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s para sa Halalan 2022.
Tinutukoy ng Comelec ang petition-in-intervention na inihain ni Rommel Bautista at siyam pa para sa parte ng petitioners, maging ang inihain ni Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. at tatlo pa, kabilang ang answer-in-intervention ng Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) para naman sa parte ni Marcos Jr., ukol sa petisyong inihain laban sa kanyang COC, na isinumite nina Fr. Christian Buenafe at lima pa, batay sa apat na Tax Code violation convictions ng dating senador na basehan umano upang hindi payagan ang standard-bearer ng PFP sa pagtakbo sa susunod na halalan.
“The Commission is of the view that allowing the intervention of Bautista, et al. shall unduly delay or prejudice the adjudication of the rights of the original parties in this case. If the instant Motion for Intervention is granted, this will necessarily result in unduly delaying the resolution of the main petition [since the respondent will have five days to file an Answer to the Petition-in-Intervention once the order admitting the same is served upon him],” saad sa Comelec Order.
“The Commission (Second Division) is not oblivious to the likely scenario that if the intervention of Bautista et al. is allowed, this would certainly encourage other possible intervenors to file their own motions for intervention. If this happens, the Commission will be placed in an unenviable task of resolving these imminent motions for intervention, thus further unduly delaying the resolution of the main case,” ayon pa sa Comelec Order.
Gayundin, iginiit ng poll body na inihain ng mga petitioners na pinangungunahan ni Bautista ang kanilang petition-in-intervention sa petisyon na kanselahin ang COC ni Marcos Jr. noong Nobyembre 8, 33 araw matapos ihain ni Marcos Jr. ang COC niya sa pagka-pangulo noong Oktubre 6 na lampas na sa reequired na 25-day interval batay sa Omnibus Election Code (OEC).
“It is readily apparent that Bautista, et al. treats lightly the mandatory period within which to file a petition under Sec. 78 of the OEC. Ruling in favor of the Bautista Motion (petition-in-intervention) would provide would-be litigants who fail to observe the mandatory 25-day period an opportunity to circumvent it at the mere expedient of anchoring it to a Petition filed on time in the guise of a so-called ‘Petition-in-Intervention,'” pahayag ng poll body.
Sa parte naman ni Marcos Jr., tinanggihan din ng poll body ang answer in–intervention na inihain ng PFP members base sa pagpalya na magbigay nito sa petitioners, na labag sa Rule 12, Section 2 ng Comelec Rules of Procedure.
“Here, both Tamayo, et al. and the PFP suddenly entered the picture and attempted to intervene by submitting their respective answers-in-intervention, raising therein matters or defenses which were not advanced by respondent Marcos, Jr. in his answer with prayer for face-to-face oral arguments dated November 19. If the Commission (Second Division) shall admit the Tamayo and PFP Motions and consider the same in the resolution of the main case, we would in effect be according undue advantage to respondent Marcos, Jr.,” sabi ng Comelec.
“Entertaining pleadings of this kind will not only unduly delay the resolution of the case at bar, but also effectively sanction the belated filing of pleadings before the Commission without valid justifications. This, we surely cannot countenance,” patuloy pa ng poll body. RNT/SA