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The Manila Times : Marcos disqualification petitions 'nuisance cases', says spokesman

News & Interviews
7 December 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

THE camp of former senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday maintained that the disqualification (DQ) petitions against him were nothing but "nuisance cases."

Marcos' spokesman, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, in a statement said all the petitions filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which seek to disqualify the former from the 2022 presidential race, or cancel his certificate of candidacy, "are now being addressed by our legal team."

"And while we maintain that these petitions are nothing but nuisance cases, we urge those who are behind these pathetic stunts to please respect the Filipino people and their democratic right to decide for themselves and their collective future," Rodriguez said.

"We also urge them not to remove the right of the people to freely choose their leader and stop looking down on the intelligence of the Filipino people," he added.

Rodriguez stressed that "elections are won and settled on election day and not through the filing of nuisance petitions."

Marcos' supporters in Cebu City on November 18 held a protest rally in front of the Comelec Central Visayas office to denounce the petitions seeking the cancellation of his CoC.

They claimed that they were representing various groups opposed to the "dirty tactics being utilized by some desperate camps who are afraid that a Marcos presidency will bring out the true potential of the nation."

The group, whose members identified themselves as "Cebuanos Kontra DQ," gathered at Plaza Independencia then marched to the Comelec office, where they held a small program and lit red candles to symbolize their resentment.

"The purpose of this gathering is to voice our resistance to the disqualification cases being lodged against BBM (Bongbong Marcos)," said former Cebu City Councilor Erik Espina.

"We also wanted a fair hearing by the Comelec and not settle this by technicality. The voice of the sovereign people must not be muted and thwarted," he said.

Espina voiced hope that their protest will be replicated in other provinces and cities.

A petition for the cancellation of Marcos' CoC was initially filed on November 2 by the group Kapatid.

Another petition was also filed on November 8, which was followed by a third one from former Bayan Muna partylist representative Satur Ocampo.