The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Friday, Nov. 12, that it already issued summons to presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with regards to the petition filed to cancel his certificate of candidacy (COC).
“Summons was issued yesterday, and is expected to be served today,” said Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.
“We are awaiting proof of service. Upon receipt of the summons, the respondent will have five days to file an answer,” he added.
Last Nov. 2, a petition to cancel Marcos’ COC was filed at the Comelec. The petitioners said that Marcos is not eligible to run for public office due to a tax case in 1995.
On Nov. 3, Jimenez said that the Comelec is aiming to expedite the resolution of the said petition. “It will take as long as it takes but of course we want to expedite the resolution of the case,” he then said.
The Comelec on Nov. 9 said that this petition was raffled to the poll body’s second division. The division is composed of commissioners Socorro Inting and Antonio Kho Jr.
Meanwhile, a “petition-in-intervention” was filed last Nov. 8 to void the candidacy of Marcos.