The issue should be resolved as “this could rob many Filipinos of the ability to choose from a genuinely qualified list of candidates
A petitioner in one of the disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately decide on its pending motion for reconsideration (MR).
In a letter submitted to the Comelec, the Akbayan party-list said it is only proper for the poll body to issue its ruling since “this decision is not just about one candidate.”
“It lies at the heart of what it means to have an election, and thus determine the future of our nation,” read the letter signed by Akbayan Party-list nominees Percival Cendaña and Raymond John Naguit.
With only 49 days left before the May 9 elections, the group said the issue should be resolved as “this could rob many Filipinos of the ability to choose from a genuinely qualified list of candidates, and completely contaminate and debase their votes.” Read More
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
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed a petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo who is running for senator.In a nine-page decision penned by Second Division presiding Commissioner Socorro Inting, the petition filed by Julieta… Read More
Sara not entertaining possibility of replacing BBM
Vice presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Sunday said she is not entertaining the possibility of replacing presidential candidate and former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. if the petition against latter is granted.
Mayor Sara said she personally found talks about her taking the place of Marcos “exceptionally unpleasant”, noting that neither of them has yet to win the elections.
“Personally, I find talks about me ‘possibly replacing a President Bongbong Marcos exceptionally unpleasant as — in reality — both of us are yet to win the elections. It is putting the cart before the horse,” she said in a press statement.
“I am not entertaining the thoughts of a possible replacement as I also do not look forward to a scenario of a disqualified BBM — before or after the elections,” she added. Read More
To cite the party for contempt for threatening her
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Friday challenged the counsel of the party of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., (BBM) to a debate, following the disclosure of her vote in the disqualification case against the former lawmaker.
“I challenge George Briones of Partido Federal of BBM to a debate on TV. If he thinks he is brighter than me he should agree. The Commission En Banc @COMELEC has no jurisdiction over an administrative complaint against a Commissioner. I am an impeachable officer. You people better study. Let’s debate on TV,” Guanzon said in a Twitter post.
Guanzon said that she may cite the party for contempt for threatening her. Read More