The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has consolidated three disqualification petitions against 2022 presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez clarified on Wednesday, January 12, that the poll body’s 1st Division would issue only one ruling on the following petitions:
- SPA 21-194: Ilagan et al vs Marcos (filed by Martial Law survivors)
- SPA 21-232: Akbayan et al vs Marcos (filed by party-list group Akbayan and other civic leaders)
- SPA 21-233: Mangelen vs Marcos (filed by a faction of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas)
Rappler previously reported that only the Akbayan and Ilagan petitions were consolidated, citing Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon and Akbayan Youth chairperson and co-petitioner RJ Naguit.
The Ilagan and Akbayan petitions are similar in the sense that they both cited Marcos’ tax conviction in the 1990s as basis to disqualify him from the 2022 race under Philippine laws.
The Mangelen petition also made mention of Marcos’ tax conviction, but Abubakar Mangelen, who claims to be the “duly elected chairman of the PFP,” also called on the Comelec to nullify Marcos’ certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) because it was supposedly issued by PFP without his consent.
A CONA is the document filed by an aspirant for an elective post to prove that he is running under a political party.
All three petitions are deemed for resolution. A decision is expected to be released by the 1st Division on or before January 17.
The Comelec’s 1st Division is composed of commissioners Rowena Guanzon, Marlon Casquejo, and Aimee Ferolino.
Guanzon is the remaining appointee of the late former president Benigno Aquino III in the commission en banc; Casquejo and Ferolino, meanwhile, are appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte who have climbed their way to the Comelec ladder as career officials.
The Comelec’s 2nd Division, meanwhile, is handling two pending anti-Marcos petitions, whose lawyers are former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te and former Comelec chairperson Christian Monsod, respectively. – Rappler.com