By Mike Lim Jr | The Northern Forum
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – The Commission on Elections has junked all petitions-in-intervention from 3 different parties in the first plea filed pushing for the cancellation of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s certificate of candidacy (COC) to run for President in 2022.
The Second Division of the poll body did not admit the petitions filed by two other parties from the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), another three from PFP officials and ten tax professionals, represented by Atty. Howard Calleja.
The Comelec’s Second Division stated in its order which was promulgated on Monday, December 13, “Further, no future motions for intervention and or petitions-in-intervention relative to the instant case shall be entertained by this Commission.”
The only petition to void Bongbong Marcos’ candidacy was first filed by 6 civic leaders via Atty. Theodore Te, citing the conviction of Marcos for failure to file income tax returns for four years by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court in 1995.
According to the petitioners, Marcos made a ‘misrepresentation in his COC’ due to his ‘ineligibility’ to run as his conviction allegedly has the penalty of permanent disqualification from public office regardless of position as well as to vote and participate in any election.
Rommel Bautista and tax professionals also filed a petition emphasizing the same conviction of Marcos and hoped to void and recall his COC.
However, the poll body said that greenlighting the intervention of Bautista will unduly delay or prejudice the adjudication of the rights of the original parties in the case.
Comelec said in a statement, “If the instant Motion for Intervention is granted, this will necessarily result to unduly delaying the resolution of the main Petition. Allowing the intervention would also encourage other would-be litigants, which would result in further delay in the resolution of the case. This should not be permitted to happen.”
As the year comes to a close, the poll body plans to have a final list of candidates for national posts for the 2022 elections by this month.
The camp of Marcos consistently said the petitions filed against him are merely “pathetic” stunts and “nuisance cases.” TNF
(Statements, data, information and supplementary reports from Commission on Elections, Senate of the Philippines, PPI partner – Philippine Star)