Marcos camp respects right of 'disillusioned' petitioners to take legal action

Published December 2, 2021, 4:38 PM

by Melvin Sarangay

The camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. respects the rights of every individual or group to be heard or take any legal action.

This was according to lawyer Victor Rodriguez, the spokesperson and chief of staff of Marcos, after learning of the latest disqualification case against the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard bearer on Thursday, Dec. 2.

“We respect the right of every disillusioned group to take whatever legal action they think would best serve their own agenda, as we also expect them to respect our right to be heard,” said Rodriguez in a press statement.

“Hinggil sa mga kasong isinampa at isasampa pa laban kay BBM ay naniniwala kami na lahat nang ito ay bahagi ng patuloy na pang-aapi kay presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos ng iisang grupo ng mga taong likas na negatibo ang pananaw sa buhay, puno ng poot ang puso at ayaw na umusad ang bansa tungo sa magandang bukas (About the cases that were filed and to be filed against BBM, we believe that all these things are part of the continuing oppression being done to presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos by the same group of people who have a natural negative outlook in life, those who are filled with hatred in their heart and those who don’t want the country to move into a better future).” “Pero habang pilit na hinahadlangan ng mga grupong may mapanirang uri ng pulitika ang kandidatura ni Bongbong Marcos ay patuloy lang ang BBM-Sara Uniteam sa kanilang layunin na pagbuklurin ang bansa sa gitna ng pandemya at ibangon ang ating mga Kababayan sa ganap na kahirapan at patuloy na maghahatid ng pag-asa para sa lahat (But even as these groups try to hinder through slanderous politics the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos the BBM-Sara UniTeam still continues in its objective na unite the nation in the middle of the pandemic and help our countrymen rise up from poverty and bring hope to everyone).” A new disqualification case was filed against Marcos by Akbayan Partylist as well as various sectoral leaders and martial law victims before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday.

In a 13-page document, the petitioners said that Marcos is “perpetually” barred from running for public office due to his 1995 tax evasion conviction. The respondents added that the former senator was convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude and was sentenced to a penalty of imprisonment of more than 18 months.

The petitioners asserted that Marcos’ perpetual disqualification from holding any public office, voting, and participating in any election is a disqualification provided by law, specifically by the National Internal Revenue Code of 1977 as amended by Presidential Decree No. 1994.

They also mentioned that the Omnibus Election Code additionally provides that any person who has been sentenced to imprisonment of more than 18 months by final conviction for a crime shall be disqualified from being a candidate and holding any public office.

The said petition was signed by Akbayan’s Percival Cendaña, former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales, Akbayan Youth Chairperson Dr. RJ Naguit, Jean Enriquez of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW-Asia Pacific), and Nice Coronacion of the Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO). Marcos camp on latest disqualification case: We respect their right to be heard, take legal action The camp of Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. respects the rights of every individual or group to be heard or take any legal action.

This was according to lawyer Victor Rodriguez, the spokesperson and chief of staff of Marcos, after learning of the latest disqualification case against the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard bearer on Thursday, Dec. 2.

“We respect the right of every disillusioned group to take whatever legal action they think would best serve their own agenda, as we also expect them to respect our right to be heard,” said Rodriguez in a press statement.

“Hinggil sa mga kasong isinampa at isasampa pa laban kay BBM ay naniniwala kami na lahat nang ito ay bahagi ng patuloy na pang-aapi kay presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos ng iisang grupo ng mga taong likas na negatibo ang pananaw sa buhay, puno ng poot ang puso at ayaw na umusad ang bansa tungo sa magandang bukas (About the cases that were filed and to be filed against BBM, we believe that all these things are part of the continuing oppression being done to presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos by the same group of people who have a natural negative outlook in life, those who are filled with hatred in their heart and those who don’t want the country to move into a better future).” “Pero habang pilit na hinahadlangan ng mga grupong may mapanirang uri ng pulitika ang kandidatura ni Bongbong Marcos ay patuloy lang ang BBM-Sara Uniteam sa kanilang layunin na pagbuklurin ang bansa sa gitna ng pandemya at ibangon ang ating mga Kababayan sa ganap na kahirapan at patuloy na maghahatid ng pag-asa para sa lahat (But even as these groups try to hinder through slanderous politics the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos the BBM-Sara UniTeam still continues in its objective na unite the nation in the middle of the pandemic and help our countrymen rise up from poverty and bring hope to everyone).” A new disqualification case was filed against Marcos by Akbayan Partylist as well as various sectoral leaders and martial law victims before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday.

In a 13-page document, the petitioners said that Marcos is “perpetually” barred from running for public office due to his 1995 tax evasion conviction. The respondents added that the former senator was convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude and was sentenced to a penalty of imprisonment of more than 18 months.

The petitioners asserted that Marcos’ perpetual disqualification from holding any public office, voting, and participating in any election is a disqualification provided by law, specifically by the National Internal Revenue Code of 1977 as amended by Presidential Decree No. 1994.

They also mentioned that the Omnibus Election Code additionally provides that any person who has been sentenced to imprisonment of more than 18 months by final conviction for a crime shall be disqualified from being a candidate and holding any public office.

The said petition was signed by Akbayan’s Percival Cendaña, former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales, Akbayan Youth Chairperson Dr. RJ Naguit, Jean Enriquez of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW-Asia Pacific), and Nice Coronacion of the Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO).

 
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