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The Manila Times : Comelec throws out petitions to intervene in Marcos case

News & Interviews
14 December 2021

By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday denied several motions for intervention in one of the petitions questioning former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s certificate of candidacy.

In a 14-page order, the poll body's Second Division denied the motion to intervene filed by the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas led by Reynaldo Tamayo, Victor Rodriguez and Thompson Lantion.

In the same ruling, the second division also rejected the motion for intervention filed by several intervenors including Rommel Bautista, Edwin Teodoro Reyes, Napoleon Alvi Siongco, Fernando Guevarra, Santiago Muñoa Jr., Glenn Gallos, Carlos Domingo Deles Guevarra, Joel Voltaire Mayo, Marie Herminia Soriano and Mario Go Montejo.

"The attached petition-in-intervention of Bautista, et al. is not admitted and it is hereby treated as a mere scrap of paper. Consequently, the intervention of Bautista, et al. in the instant case is disallowed," the poll body said.

The division, led by Commissioner Socorro Inting with Commissioners Antonio Kho Jr. and newly appointed commissioner Rey Bulay as members, held that all interventions in the future in connection with Marcos' case will be rejected.

According to the officials, allowing the motion "would certainly open the floodgates to like-minded litigants to file their own interventions to the case at hand."

"Such scenario would unduly delay the resolution of the main petition. This should not be permitted to happen," they added.