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The Manila Times : Comelec summons Bongbong Marcos

News & Interviews
13 November 2021

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has summoned former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in connection with the petition for the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy (CoC) for president in next year's national and local elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez disclosed on Friday that the summon was sent Thursday as part of the process to resolve the petition for disqualification filed against the former senator by members of cause-oriented groups.

"Summons were issued yesterday (Thursday), and are expected to be served today (Friday). We are awaiting proof of service. Upon receipt of the summons, the respondent will have five days to file an answer," he added.

Once Marcos' answer has been filed, the Commission will set a date for the pre-conference meeting where lawyers or sometimes the parties face each other. Thereafter, the parties have three days to submit their respective memoranda, after which the case is considered for resolution.

The petition to cancel CoC has been raffled off to the Comelec Second Division.

According to Jimenez, cases for cancellation of CoCs would take at least four weeks to finish because of the material time needed in between the process.

He cited as an example the Marcos case wherein the summon was only sent Thursday without any proof yet that it was served, adding that the five-day given to the respondent to file an answer may be extended if there is a request for permission to file later.

Assuming that everything has been submitted, the schedule of the pre-conference hearing could not also be determined immediately because the date has to be agreed by both parties, he further said.

After that, he said, there are another three days for the submission of the parties' respective memoranda, wherein request for extension could also be made.

Asked if there is a deadline on the resolution of the case, Jimenez said "There is no deadline. The Commission will resolve it as quickly as it is resolved."

"Bottom line, considerably expect at least four weeks before we see anything changing in the landscape, before we see movement," he further said.

There were at least 91 other petitions to cancel CoCs for various national positions filed before the Comelec.

There were reports that a petition for intervention has also been filed on the Marcos case and another petition to declare the former senator a nuisance candidate.

But Jimenez said that he has not yet seen the petition for intervention, saying that it might still be under process by the Clerk of the Commission.

He added that "if I'm not mistaken, there is a petition to declare Marcos a nuisance candidate filed by someone else."