COMELEC: En banc ruling on Marcos disqualification cases out ‘soon’

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said it will soon release the decisions on the motions for reconsiderations (MRs) to the rulings of the First and Second divisions on the disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“We will be deciding it soon. Definitely, the MRs have to be decided before the elections,” poll body acting chairperson Socorro Inting said in a press briefing after the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with election watchdog Democracy Watch Philippines.

Petitioners of the disqualification cases which have been consolidated by the former First Division namely: Bonifacio Ilagan, among others, Akbayan and Abubakar Mangelen have filed their respective MRs.

The petitioners led by Margarita Salandanan of another disqualification case against the former senator urged the Second Division to fast-track the resolution of the case.

Rhey said that coming out with a decision at the soonest time will give the Supreme Court time to decide on the appeal before the upcoming polls.

“Furthermore, whatever the decision of the Honorable Commission may be, it is likely that it will be elevated to the Supreme Court. It would be in the interest of the country that the Supreme Court decided the appeal before the elections,” the group added.

In December 2021, the petitioners filed the disqualification case against Marcos Jr., due to his tax case conviction

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