Another DQ case filed vs Bongbong

Published December 7, 2021, 2:27 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Another disqualification case has been filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Copy of the petition

It is the fourth disqualification case filed against Marcos Jr.

In their petition, petitioners said respondent is disqualified to run for or to hold any elective position, much less for the position of Philippine president, citing the following reasons:

-For having been found guilty by final judgment of crimes involving “moral turpitude” pursuant to Section 12 of the Omnibus Election Code.

-For having been found guilty, by final judgment, of a crime that carries the penalty of more than 18 months also pursuant to Sec. 12 of the OEC.

-For having been actually sentenced to prison correccional and is thereby effectively deprived of his “right ot suffrage” pursuant to Article 43 of the revised penal code in relation to Sec. 2 Article VII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

-Also in view of his conviction for violation of Sec. 45 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1977 which in itself already carries the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from public office pursuant to Sec. 286 of the NIRC of 1977.

The fourth petition was filed by Margarita Salonga Salandanan, Crisanto Palabay, Mario Ben, Danilo Consumido, Gil Derilo, Raoul Tividad, Nida Gatchalian and Nomer Kuan who are mostly from Ilocos.

Marcos is also facing three other petitions for disqualification filed by Bonifacio Ilagan, Akbayan Partylist, and Abubakar Mangelen.

The former senator is also facing other petitions seeking to cancel his certificate of candidacy (COC) and to declare him as nuisance candidate.