The Commission on Elections has dismissed yet another petition challenging the candidacy of presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. (Comelec).
Director of the Comelec, Dir. On Tuesday, James Jimenez told journalists that the petition filed by former independent presidential candidate Tiburcio Marcos had been “dismissed before the new year.”
The resolution has yet to be made public.
In his petition, Tiburcio Marcos questioned the true identity of Marcos, Jr., claiming the “real” Marcos, Jr. was dead “since 1975.”
Earlier, the poll body dismissed a petition filed by Danilo Lihaylihay, an independent presidential candidate, seeking the cancellation of Marcos Jr.’s certificate of candidacy (COC).
In a resolution, dated December 16, 2021, the poll body’s second division ruled that Lihaylihay “utterly failed to demonstrate to the commission (Second Division) that [Marcos Jr.] falls in any of the classifications” that define a nuisance candidate.
Under the Comelec Rules of Procedure, a ‘nuisance candidate’ is defined as as “[a]ny candidate for any elective office who filed his certificate of candidacy to put the election process in mockery or disrepute or to cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates or who by other acts or circumstances is clearly demonstrated to have no bona fide intention to run for the office for which the certificate of candidacy has been filed, thus preventing a faithful determination of the true will of the electorate.”
There are five petitions still pending against Marcos Jr. before the election commission: four for his disqualification and one for the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy.
If these cases do not reach a conclusion before the official ballots are printed in the second week of January, Marcos Jr.’s name will remain on the ballot.
If these cases are still pending after the canvassing of votes, and Marcos Jr. receives the most votes, he may be declared the winner under Comelec rules.