COMELEC to decide Marcos disqualification case before 2022 election

The Commission on Election (Comelec) has no deadline on when to hand down a decision on the petition to bar Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from running for President in the 2022 election.

The case against the son and namesake of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos was filed in a joint petition by the Task Force Detainees, Medical Action Group, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance and Balay Rehabilitation Center Inc

Marcos is not eligible to run for any public office since the Quezon City Regional Trial Court convicted him in 1995 for his failure to file income tax returns., said the petitioners in documents filed with the Comelec on November 2.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said onThursday that there is no time table on when the decision for the petition will come out.

But Jiminez said that a petition for cancellation of a certificate of candidacy “is likely to be resolved before the elections.”

“Basically you first raffle it to a division and after that, we serve summons on the respondent. We basically give the respondent the opportunity to file an answer,” Jimenez said, discussing the process for resolving the petition.

“As far as the administrative process goes, it probably takes about two to three weeks, but how long the decision will take to come out, there is no timetable for that,” Jimenez said.

“Once the case has been submitted for resolution, again maybe two weeks from now, then it will be up to the hands of the division to decide as soon as they can or as late as they need to. There is no timetable for that,” he added.

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