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Case Filed Against Marcos about Tax Evasion Has No Basis


On Wednesday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) official stated that there is no basis to disqualify former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (BBM) from the presidential race.

According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, the disqualification case filed against Marcos lacked a clear basis.

He explained that in order to be disqualified, a candidate must have been convicted of a crime involving “moral turpitude” or a crime punishable by at least 18 months in prison.

Marcos’ case, as per Jimenez, did not fit the standards.

'It doesn't meet this criteria, so right now in order for him to be disqualified, as Justice [Antonio] Carpio opined in his article, there has to be a finding that the crime for which he was convicted involves moral turpitude,' he said
'Right now it does not, because the Supreme Court said that it does not, so right now there is no clear case for disqualification,' Jimenez added.

Marcos claimed on Wednesday that the disqualification case filed against him was nothing more than political persecution.

On Tuesday, a group of Marcos critics, including political detainees and members of human rights and medical organizations, filed a 57-page petition with the Comelec to have Marcos’ certificate of candidacy (CoC) for president revoked, citing his 1995 tax evasion conviction by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

'Sasagutin na lang namin ito pagdating... Siguro kasama na rin 'yan sa pulitika (We will answer this in due time. I guess this was part of politics),' Marcos said in a radio interview.

The petition was filed by Fr. Christian Buenafe and co-chairman Fides Lim of political prisoners’ group Kapatid; Medical Action Group Executive Director Ma. Edeliza Hernandez; and Celia Lagman Sevilla, Roland Vivaldi and Josephine Lascano.

Lalo na 'yung aming mga kalaban ay imbes na humarap sa eleksyon...kasi siguro natatakot sila sa numero, i-di disqualify na lang ako (Our [political] opponents, instead of facing me in the elections...perhaps they were afraid of the numbers [in presidential surveys] they will just aim to disqualify me,' he said. 'Pero hindi ako natatakot, hindi ako aatras, patuloy ang lahat ng aking gagawin, hindi ako (But I'm not afraid, I will not back down, I will continue what I'm doing, I will not) slide down.'

BBM thanked his supporters nationwide.

In a statement, Victor Rodriguez, Marcos spokesman, said the presidential candidate will not respond the petition until he receives a copy of it.

'We shall address this predictable nuisance petition at the proper time and forum — after we receive the official copy of the same,' Rodriguez said on Wednesday.
'Until then, we will refrain from commenting on their propaganda. Our camp does not engage in gutter politics,' he added.
Case vs Marcos has no basis – Comelec exec|The Manila Times

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