The Manila Times : Marcos: Disqualification petition ' predictable nuisance'

3 November 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

THE camp of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. described as a "predictable nuisance petition" a plea by some groups seeking the cancelation of his candidacy for president in the 2022 elections.

A group of political detainees and human rights and medical organizations petitioned the Commission on Elections on Tuesday to cancel Marcos' certificate of candidacy due to some legal issues.

They claimed that Marcos, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer, is not eligible to run for any public office since the Quezon City Regional Trial Court convicted him in 1995 for tax evasion.

In a statement, Victor Rodriguez, Marcos spokesman, said the presidential candidate will not answer the petition until he receives a copy of it.

"We shall address this predictable nuisance petition at the proper time and forum – after we receive the official copy of the same," Rodriguez said on Wednesday.

"Until then, we will refrain from commenting on their propaganda. Our camp does not engage in gutter politics," he said.

Rodriguez added, "Our campaign is about nation building."

"For presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos, this election is about the future of the Filipino people," he said.

On October 31, Marcos' camp said he was gaining a strong foothold in Mindanao based on street surveys, citing the series of Kalye (street) Survey conducted recently by vloggers in different areas in the region.

In one conducted by vloggers of Bugwak TV in Butuan City, Gingoog, Misamis Oriental, and Surigao City, Marcos was the "preferred candidate of the working class."

Bugwak vloggers roamed around busy streets, such as downtowns, bus terminals, and marketplaces, in these areas where they randomly approached individuals or groups of people and asked them to choose from a list of presidential aspirants.