One of the seven petitions filed to prevent former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from running for the country’s highest positive was dismissed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The Comelec Second Division denied Marcos’ disqualification complaint, which sought to declare him a nuisance candidate, in a decision dated Dec. 16.
According to a complaint filed by Danilo Lihaylihay, a fellow presidential candidate, Marcos failed to submit a copy of his certificate of candidacy (COC).
“Considering that the COC it sought to cancel was not even attached to the petition,” Lihaylihay’s evidence is “grossly insufficient.”
"It pays to ask, how could we cancel something which is not found in the records of this case?" the decision read, signed by presiding commissioner Socorro Inting.
"On the contrary, Respondent has sufficiently established that he actually has a bona fide intention to run for President of the country," it said.
Marcos, who has been leading presidential polls, has served as vice governor, governor, and representative of Ilocos Norte, according to the decision. In 2016, the late dictator’s son was elected to the Senate and ran for president as a vice presidential candidate.
"In stark contrast to what Petitioner attempts to depict, the circumstances obtaining in this case actually demonstrate that Respondent has a bona fide intention to run for President of the country," it said.
There are still four disqualification petitions and two COC cancellation petitions pending against Marcos, all of which are based on his conviction for failing to file his income tax returns for four years.
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