Bongbong Marcos gets extension on Comelec's 'non-extendible' deadline

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FILE PHOTO: Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. addresses the crowd during his mother, Imelda R Marcos' 90th Birthday Celebration. On Monday, July 1, 2019, in Open Air Auditorium, Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. missed the deadline for his response to the petition against his candidacy. But his spokesperson, Victor Rodriguez, confirmed that their camp was able to get a week-long extension despite the Commission on Elections (Comelec) rules mandating that deadlines are "non-extendible".

In a case update posted Thursday (November 18), lawyer Theodore Te, the lead counsel for civic groups who filed the petition, said that Marcos had neither submitted his answer to the Comelec nor had his plea for an extension granted.

But Marcos' camp claims they were given an extension.

"[Our motion for an extension] was approved yesterday," Rodriguez, who earlier called the move to junk the former’s candidacy a 'nuisance petition,' told CNN Philippines' The Source in an interview on the same day.

"We were given an extension of time... I think we were granted seven days from yesterday," he added.

Marcos was supposed to file a response on Tuesday to a petition to cancel his candidacy owing to some "multiple false material representations" in his certificate of candidacy (COC). 

According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, once the case is raffled to the First or Second Division of Comelec, a summons would be issued on Marcos for which he will be given five days to answer.

On November 11, Marcos acknowledged receipt of the summons from the Comelec, giving him five days to respond.

A day before the deadline, on November 15, Marcos filed a motion to extend the period. Petitioners opposed this on November 17, requesting that Comelec "observe its own rules" and the "mandatory and peremptory character" of "inextendible periods."

"Petitioners reminded the Comelec that the consequence of granting respondent's motion for more time would be for the Comelec to flout its own rules," Te wrote.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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