The Commission on Elections (Comelec) 2nd Division has given the camp of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., five days as an extension to submit his verified answer in relation to the summons issued for the petition seeking the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy (COC).
In a tweet on Thursday, Nov. 18, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the last day will be on November 22 since the fifth day falls on a Sunday.
“Getting word that COMELEC 2nd Div just now issued an extension in the cancellation case against former Senator Marcos,” he said.
On November 2, Petitioners Fr. Christian Buenafe of Task Force Detainees, Fides Lim of Kapatid, Ma Edeliza Hernandez of Medical Action Group, Celia Lagman Sevilla of Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance, Roland Vibal of PH Alliance of Human Rights, and Josephine Lasvano of Balay Rehab Center claimed that Marcos’ COC contains multiple false material representations.
They have also expressed their opposition to the “Motion for Extension of Time” filed by Marcos’ camp in response to the summons issued by the Comelec.
According to the petitioners, in the summons, the Comelec directed Marcos to submit his verified answer within an “inextendible period” of five days from receipt of his notice. The petitioners said that Marcos acknowledged receiving the notice on Nov. 11 thus leaving him until Nov. 16, 2021 to submit his verified answer.