#DisqualifyBBM: groups call for Marcos disqualification online

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MANILA, PHILLIPPINES - NOVEMBER 4: Akbayan members stage a protest outside the Comelec National Office in Manila, Philippines on November 04, 2021, and demand the election body to disqualify Ferdinand
FILE PHOTO: Akbayan members stage a protest outside the Comelec National Office in Manila, Philippines on November 04, 2021, and demand the election body to disqualify Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., in the 2022 presidential election based on his 1995 tax evasion conviction. (Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The #DisqualifyBBM online protest topped Twitter’s trends as several progressive groups and individuals called on to disqualify Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for a 1994 tax evasion case, which was concurrently being deliberated at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

The hashtag was Top 1 in Philippine Twitter trends for five hours in a row Friday (January 7), according to analytics website trends24.in. As of press time, #DisqualifyBBM still has traction at Top 3 with a volume of 27,000 tweets.

#DisqualifyBBM was Top 1 in Philippine Twitter trends as groups call for his disqualification online.
#DisqualifyBBM was Top 1 in Philippine Twitter trends as groups call for his disqualification online.

Nakatakdang buksan ng Comelec ngayong araw ang pagtalakay sa mga petisyon hinggil sa diskwalipikasyon ni Bongbong Marcos Jr., kabilang ang petisyon na kumekwestyon sa hindi pagbabayad ng buwis ni Marcos Jr. noong siya ay upisyal pa sa Ilocos Norte (COMELEC is set to deliberate today the petitions for the disqualification of Bongbong Marcos Jr., including the petition that questions his failure to pay taxes when he was an official of Ilocos Norte),” Gabriela Women’s Party said.

Further, the party-list called on to uphold the law in deciding Marcos Jr.’s qualification as a presidential candidate.

Huwag nating hayaang maisantabi ang batas hinggil sa kwalipikasyon ng mga kumakandidato sa pagkapangulo. Labanan ang pambubudol ni Marcos Jr.! (Let us not allow the law to be set aside on the qualification of presidential candidates. Resist the trickery of Marcos Jr.!),” the party-list said.

BAYAN MUNA party-list was also one with the calls to disqualify Marcos Jr.

Sa araw ng pagdinig sa disqualification case laban kay Bongbong Marcos Jr., convicted tax evader at anak ng dating diktador, kaisa ang Bayan Muna sa mariing panawagan ng taumbayan: #DisqualifyMarcos at #NoToMarcosDuterte2022 (On the day of the hearing for the disqualification case against Bongbong Marcos Jr., convicted tax evader at son of the late dictator, Bayan Muna is one with the calls of the people: #Disqualifymarcos and #NoToMarcosDuterte2022),” the party-list said.

No remorse, morally corrupt

Senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares even went as far as saying that Marcos Jr. had “no remorse” over Marcos Sr.’s dictatorship.

“We cannot allow someone with no remorse over his father's brutal and corrupt dictatorship to return to Malacañang. #NeverAgain #DisqualifyMarcos,” he said in a Tweet

National Network for Agrarian Reform Advocate (NNARA) Youth mentioned a brief history of Marcos Jr.’s tax evasion case.

“The dictator’s son is a convicted criminal who should be perpetually disqualified from seeking public position, as the facts are clear: he was found guilty of tax evasion in 1995, and the Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction in 1997,” they said.

Like Colmenares, NNARA Youth questioned Marcos’ moral capacity to run for president.

“Marcos Jr. cannot deny that he is a morally corrupt and dishonest candidate, not only for his tax evasion conviction and false material representation, but more so for his continuing legacy of lies and decades of whitewashing the crimes of his family,” NNARA Youth said.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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