Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has petitioned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to declare fellow presidential aspirant Tiburcio “TVM” Marcos a nuisance candidate, based on documents obtained by Rappler on Thursday, November 25.
The petition, filed by Marcos on October 13, argued that Tiburcio’s potential inclusion in the final list of candidates would only confuse voters.
The petition said that the “will of the electorate will be undermined if a bona fide candidate like him and a candidate with no genuine intention to run for public office with the same surname ‘Marcos,’ like TVM, will both appear in the choices for the position of president in the official ballot for the…2022 elections.”
Marcos also argued that Tiburcio had no genuine intention to run for Malacañang, and was putting the election process “in mockery and disrepute.”
The petition cited bizarre information about Tiburcio that the Marcos camp obtained online, such as those that call him “sultan” and “his majesty king.”
“TVM also has no track record and exposures in public service. He has no (sic) know platform to prove his genuine intention and capacity to run [for] president,” Marcos said.
“Regrettably, TVM is merely using the election process to gain popularity and for other purposes known only to him,” he added.
Tiburcio – who claims to be the only “legitimate” son the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos – had filed a petition to cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy (COC) before the Comelec on November 3.
Echoing a conspiracy theory, Tiburcio argued that Marcos is an “impostor” of the real Bongbong who supposedly died in 1975. This urban legend has been debunked by Marcos himself in a vlog in May.
In that bizarre petition, Tiburcio also bragged about his supposed achievements, including his status as “royal king of the Philippine Islands with 13 regions with multi-trillion tonnes of gold, silver, diamond, and platinum.”
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez confirmed on Thursday that Marcos filed a petition against Tiburcio before the poll body.
Marcos is facing at least five Comelec cases that seek to block his 2022 presidential bid.
Separate petitions against him have cited his tax conviction and his ill-gotten wealth as bases for the poll body to junk his candidacy.
Marcos has downplayed the petitions against him as as nuisance and mere propaganda. – Rappler.com