By Robie de Guzman | UNTV News
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) First Division has dismissed the consolidated disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
This was confirmed by COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez.
In a tweet, Jimenez said the petitions were dismissed for lack of merit.
“The consolidated petitions of Ilagan v. Marcos Jr., Akbayan v. Marcos Jr., and Mangelen v. Marcos Jr. have been dismissed for lack of merit, by the COMELEC’s 1st Division,” he said.
The resolution was promulgated on Thursday afternoon.
The petitions stemmed from a 1995 tax case against Marcos for non-filing of income tax returns from 1982 to 1985. Petitioners argued that Marcos’ conviction has perpetually disqualified him from running for public office.
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court convicted Marcos for violation of Sections 45 and 50 of the 1977 National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC).
But the Court of Appeals modified the local court’s decision and acquitted Marcos of failure to pay income taxes. It, however, upheld the conviction of Marcos on charges of failure to file his income tax returns.
Since the conviction, Marcos has served in public office after he was elected governor, congressman, and senator.
He even ran for the vice presidency but lost to Leni Robredo.