Petition to cancel his candidacy a ‘nuisance’ plea – Marcos camp

Nothing but a “predictable nuisance petition” said the camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, about the appeal to cancel his candidacy. Our camp does not engage in gutter politics, we shall address this at the proper time and forum and will respond once the official copy of the complaint is received until then, we will refrain from commenting on their propaganda, said Marcos’ spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez. “I guess that’s part of politics. Instead of facing me in the elections, my opponents, because they’re afraid of the numbers, would rather have me disqualified. But I’m not afraid, I will not withdraw.” Marcos said.

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Heads of human rights groups filed the petition before the Commission on Elections saying the son and namesake of the late dictator are not qualified to run for public office as he is a convicted criminal. Marcos’ crime “involves moral turpitude, thereby disqualifying him under the Omnibus Election Code to be a candidate and to hold any public office.” In July 1995 the Quezon City court convicted Marcos for multiple failures to file income tax returns from 1982 to 1985, sentenced the former senator to at least nine years in jail, and ordered him to pay the fine, but the petitioners noted the Court of Appeals modified the decision and “improperly” deleted the penalty of imprisonment.