The Manila Times : Garcia inhibits from Marcos' DQ case

11 March 2022

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times

NEWLY appointed Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner George Garcia said on Thursday that he is inhibiting himself from the deliberation of a disqualification case against his former client, presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Garcia, a veteran election lawyer, said he has written the Comelec Clerk of Court informing it of his decision.

He added that he has also withdrawn as counsel of presidential bets Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso.

Garcia said that as commissioner, it is his duty to perform his job with integrity and exercise the highest form of independence expected of every Comelec official.

Garcia served as Marcos' lawyer in challenging the former senator's loss to Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo during the 2016 polls. The bitter legal battle reached the Supreme Court and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

He was also the counsel of Sen. Mary Grace Poe when her citizenship was questioned when she ran for president in 2016.

Garcia said he made a full disclosure to the Comelec's Clerk of the Commission of all the cases he had handled.

Marcos has seven disqualification cases, six of which have already been dismissed by the Comelec.

The remaining disqualification case was filed by Margarita Salonga Salandanan, Crisanto Ducusin Palabay, Mario Flore Ben, Danilo Austria Consumido, Raoul Hafalla Tividad, Nida Mallare Gatchallan and Nomer Calulot. An appeal was currently being reviewed by the Comelec en banc.